BJP must have put pressure on Deol to contest from Gurdaspur seat, claims Amarinder

BHOA (Pathankot), May 11: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday claimed that t he BJP must have “put pressure” on Bollywood actor Sunny Deol to contest Lok Sabha polls from the Gurdaspur seat otherwise they would have got an “income tax raid conducted” on him.
Launching an offensive against Deol, Singh said the actor-turned-politician does not have any stakes here and he will “run away” to Mumbai after the Lok Sabha election.
Calling upon electorates to vote for Congress nominee Sunil Jakhar for development of this border constituency, the chief minister asked how can Deol serve the people of Gurdaspur when he is “unaware” of issues concerning people here.
“He (Deol) came here (to contest polls) because the BJP must have pressurised him. I had read in newspapers that he owed several crore of rupees to banks.
“They (BJP) must have put pressure on asking him either become our candidate otherwise will get an income tax raid conducted on him which the BJP usually does (against political opponents). Then he agreed to become the candidate from here,” Singh claimed addressing a public meeting in favour of sitting MP Jakhar.
Taking a swipe at Deol, the chief minister asked him to read newspapers or watch television channels to know what is happening in the country.
“I was watching a TV channel few days back and a TV anchor asked him (Deol) what do you have to say about the Balakot air strike. He said what is it? When you do not know what is happening in our country then why do you want to enter politics?” he asked Deol. (PTI)