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Sunny stirs controversy

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Published on July 05, 2019 with No Comments

Sunny Deol upsets BJP, appoints screenwriter Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his ‘aide’

Appointing Palheri as his aide, Deol said he would look after the affairs of his constituency on his behalf. Party insiders said Palheri had also been authorised to take up issues related to Gurdaspur with Deputy Commissioner. The decision, meanwhile, has not gone down well with the BJP. 

Actor and first-time Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur in Punjab, Sunny Deol, has triggered a ‘row’ by appointing screenwriter Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his ‘aide’ to coordinate with government functionaries on his behalf. It is expected that he will also chair meetings of the politically significant District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DVMC). These meetings are chaired by the sitting MP and often review the working of Centrally-sponsored schemes.The development, meanwhile, has gone well with the Bharatiya Janata Party.  Deol announced that Palheri will look after the affairs of his constituency on his behalf. Party insiders said Palheri had also been authorised to take up issues related to Gurdaspur with Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal. The move had triggered row after the Congress leaders accused him of “betrayal of voter’s mandate”.

“Palheri’s appointment is a clear-cut indication that he has been authorised to chair meetings, including review meetings of the Central government-sponsored schemes, on behalf of Deol,” a senior state BJP leader said.

“This is unfair of Deol as he is accountable to the people who voted for him,” he added. Palhari has acted in Deol’s movies, including ‘Yamla, Pagla, Deewana’, ‘Ghayal, Once Again’, ‘Son of Sardar’ and ‘Manje Bistre’ among others. Interestingly, Deol’s predecessors, including fellow film star Vinod Khanna and Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder and Sunil Jakhar of the Congress, had never appointed any representatives. “All these leaders themselves presided over meetings of party office-bearers and administration officials. Vinod Khanna himself used to chair the DVMC meetings. Deol has not shown political maturity by appointing a man from Tinsel Town as his representative,” said a senior BJP leader.

However, on Thursday Sunny Deol spoke to media in India. Sunny Deol said, “This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend the parliament or travelling for work.” In reaction, Sunny Deol tweeted his clarification, “The intention is to merely ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on daily basis.I, as an elected Member of Parliament, am genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur and will do my best to ensure that I serve my people to the best of my knowledge,” said Sunny Deol in the notice he posted on Twitter.

Sunny Deol termed the controversy “extremely unfortunate”.


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