Sunny Deol joins BJP, likely to contest from Gurdaspur

Dharmendra’s son and actor Sunny Deol joins Bharatiya Janata Party and he is likely to contest from Gurdaspur, Punjab. The actor joins BJP days after meeting party president Amit Shah. He has been declared the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur in Punjab. "Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years," said the actor in a short speech.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Sunny Deol to the party and she referred to his hit film ‘Border’. "Sunny Deol made the film Border which showed how the feeling of nationalism and patriotism when portrayed beautifully on film can touch a cord with the people," Ms Sitharaman said.

"It cannot be acting when it comes from the heart," added Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

Sunny’s father Dharmendra was BJP MP from Bikaner and his stepmother Hema Malini is seating BJP MP contesting from Mathura.