Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, held his first roadshow in Barmer, Rajasthan, on Saturday.
His famous dialogue from the movie ‘Gadar’ – “Hindustan zindabad tha, zindabad hai, zindabad rahega” boomed in the background as he waved at the crowd.
Deol was inducted in the saffron party in presence of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway minister Piyush Goyal.
“The way my father (film star Dharmendra) was attached with Atal ji, today I have come to join Modi ji. Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it; I won’t talk, I will show you through my work,” Deol had said, while addressing the media, as he joined the party.
Sunny Deol was campaigning for Kailash Choudhary, the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Barmer. Sunny Deol has been fielded from Gurudaspur from where late actor Vinod Khanna had contested successfully on a BJP ticket.
On Friday, Captain Amarinder Singh had termed Sunny a “filmy fauji” while asserting that Congress’ Sunil Jakhar – who’s contesting against Deol – has no threat from the Bollywood actor.
The place of the roadshow holds a connection with the actor turned politician.
During the battle of Longewala in 1971, a Company (120 soldiers from 23rd Battalion, Punjab Regiment) of the Indian Army, commanded by Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, registered a brilliant victory over a Brigade (2000-3000 soldiers) of the Pakistani Army. The Pakistani attacking force consisted of 40-45 tanks as well.
The battle went on to be immortalised by Deol’s film ‘Border’ in which he played the character of Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri.