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Last Updated : Apr 24, 2019 04:26 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Nirmala Sitharaman called new BJP member Sunny Deol a ‘young actor’ & Twitter had many opinions

Speaking in line with the saffron party’s election pitch centred nationalism and national security, she also exhorted the BJP recruit’s acting prowess and patriotism

Jagyaseni Biswas
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol

After Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed him into the fold with a slew of adjectives including dubbing him as a “young actor”.

In the video clip, which has now gone viral, she can be heard saying: “I am very happy to receive the firebrand, popular, committed to art, young artist from Bollywood, Shri Sunny Deol.”

Speaking in line with the saffron party’s election pitch centred on nationalism and national security, she also exhorted the BJP recruit’s acting prowess and patriotism, which she said were finely exhibited in films such as 1997 blockbuster ‘Border’, based on Indo-Pak war.

While the other praises such as “patriot” and “firebrand” did not come under fire, Twitter users failed to wrap their heads around the 62-year-old actor being called “young”, especially as he is three years older to Sitharaman herself.



Sunny Deol is the third member of the family to join politics; his father Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini, both veterans, are members of the BJP. While Hema Malini is fighting for re-election from Mathura constituency, Deol has been named the party’s Gurdaspur (Punjab) candidate.

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First Published on Apr 24, 2019 04:24 pm
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