According to media reports, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to field Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab for the upcoming general elections. Earlier, Gurdaspur seat was once held by veteran actor and his father Vinod Khanna. Akshaye Khanna is a non-controversial, popular face who might be fielded against the Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhad. Gurdaspur is one of the four high profile seats of Punjab, other three include Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda.
It looks like the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to romp home in the 2019 general elections. Speculations are rife that popular Malayali actor, Lt. Colonel Mohanlal Vishwanathan, popularly known as Mohanlal is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party, following a meeting with PM Narendra Modi. As per reports, it is clear that RSS too wishes Mohanlal to join the BJP and contest the 2019 elections from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, where the Congress politician Shashi Tharoor is the current MP.
According to media reports, BJP also approached former cricketer Virender Sehwag to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. As per reports, BJP seeks to field him from Rohtak seat. It seems that the former Indian cricketer is all set to start a new inning in politics as well. Giving ticket to the former swashbuckling opener from Rohtak is an interesting choice as Rohtak is considered to be a bastion of the Congress party. A notable fact is that besides the Modi wave in 2014, BJP had a tough time as far as Rohtak Lok Sabha seat is concerned. Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda defeated the BJP candidate Om Parkash Dhankar with a huge margin of more than 1.7 Lakh votes. Virender Sehwag’s name is also included in the panel of probable candidates from Haryana for the upcoming general elections.
Earlier on January 2, veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of senior party leaders. The Bengal actress is a staunch supporter and admirer of PM Modi. Also, many artists including Rupa Ganguly, Rimi Sen, and Babul Supriyo have already joined the BJP, and now Moushumi Chatterjee has followed the suit. The inclusion of these imminent personalities in the party will further strengthen the BJP cadre.