Veteran actor Dharmendra on Saturday held campaign and sought support for his actor-turned-politician son and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for this parliamentary constituency in Punjab Sunny Deol.
"We are seeking support of brothers and sisters of my Punjab. For this, we are here to understand their issues and problem. I will not do campaigning. I will sit and meet the people and understand their problems and try to find out viable solution," Dharmendra told reporters.
He said he was a friend of Sunil's father late Balram Jakhar.
In 1991 parliamentary polls, Dharmendra had campaigned for Balram Jakhar in Sikar.
"I told them (the BJP) that I know Amarinder Singh family very well and have a lot of respect for Preneet Kaur (Amarinder's wife). I refused to contest. Then I was offered to contest from Ludhiana," said Dharmendra, who does not have any direct connection with Gurdaspur city.
Dharmendra hails from Sahnewal town near Punjab's industrial town Ludhiana which has a strong Punjabi appeal.
Sunil believes Deol hasn't shown anything beyond dialogue delivery.
"The people will prefer a local than an outsider (Deol). I wish him all the best," the Congress state unit President Jakhar, who won the October 2017 by-election with a margin of 1.92 lakh votes, said.
The by-poll was necessitated after sitting MP Vinod Khanna's death.
Khanna got elected for the first time in 1998, followed by wins in 1999, 2004 and 2014.
The Gurdaspur constituency, which has 14,68,972 voters, has a high number of serving and retired defence personnel and the BJP is trying to woo them by using the 'fauzi' image of Deol.
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