“Missing” posters of BJP MP and Bollywood actor Sunny Deol have appeared in Punjab’s Pathankot. The posters, ‘gumshuda ki talash (search for missing)’, have been pasted on the walls of several houses, railway stations and vehicles in the city against the MP from Gurdaspur.
Deol had won the 2019 General elections on a BJP ticket. Those pasting the posters said Deol never came to Gurdaspur after becoming an MP.
The angry locals said if Deol does not want to work, he should resign.
“After becoming the MP, he never visited Gurdaspur. He calls himself the son of Punjab, but he hasn’t brought any industrial development, has not allocated MP funds or brought any central government scheme here,” news agency ANI quoted a protesting local as saying.
“If he doesn’t want to work, he should tender his resignation,” he added.
Ever since he was elected as an MP from the constituency, which was earlier represented by Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna, Deol has been inviting criticism from rival political parties for his rare visits to the segment that comprises of two sensitive border districts— Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
He visited the segment last time in September 2020 when he met senior officials to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. He also met selected people from the general public. This visit had come six months after his previous visit. However, he avoided reaching out to the public as the anger was growing among the farmers against the three contentious farm laws enacted by the BJP-led government at the Centre.
Deol also did not come to campaign for BJP candidates and allies in the recently-held Punjab assembly elections despite he being in high demand for the campaign due to his celebrity status. In the entire Majha region, BJP could secure only one seat— Pathankot. BJP state president Ashwani Sharma was elected MLA from this seat.
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