Chandigarh: Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol is facing ire after he appointed his representative to address issues in his constituency Gurdaspur. The BJP MP triggered a political slug fest when he appointed Gurpreet Singh Palheri of Punjab’s Mohali district as his "representative" to "attend meetings and follow important matters".
"I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities." Deol said in an official letter issued on June 26. Palheri, is a writer and producer.
The first-time MP’s move, however, did not go down well with the ruling Congress in the state, which termed it as a "betrayal" of the voters' mandate. Hitting out at Deol, Congress said that people only voted for him to get a selfie with him. "In marketing, customer is always right, in democracy, voter is always right. One has to accept it. Voters never expected anything from him other than selfie with him," Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said. Congress leader KTS Tulsi also lashed out at the Gurdaspur MP and said that he should resign if he can't address the grievances of the people.
Breaking his silence on the issue, Deol said the appointment was made to "ensure smooth flow of work" whenever he was "out of Gurdaspur". The first-time MP added that it was "extremely unfortunate to see a controversy being created out of nothing at all". As per reports, Palheri said that Deol would visit the constituency every month and will be making a visit to Gurdaspur after the current session of Parliament ends.