Lok Sabha Polls: EC issues notice to Sunny Deol for holding public meeting in silent period

The Election Commission of India on Saturday issued a show cause notice to actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol for allegedly violating the poll code violation. It has been alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidate from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol of holding a poll meeting after the campaigning ends on Friday.

In a notice sent to actor-turned-politician, the Election Commission stated that He (Sunny Deol) has prima facie violated the poll code by holding a public meeting during the silent period. Poll officials also found that a loudspeaker was used during the public meeting in Pathankot after the silent period comes in force on Friday.

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The election campaign is completely banned 48 hours before the polling process. Polling in all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab is slated for May 19, the last phase of polling.

The actor had joined Bharatiya Janata Party on April 23 in presence of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal. He has been named by the party for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Seat in Punjab – a seat which was represented by Vinod Khanna in the past.

Sunny’s Father Dharmendra had earlier in 2004 represented Bharatiya Janata Party from Bikaner Lok Sabha Seat. While Dharmendra’s wife and stepmother of Sunny Deol Hema Malini is a sitting MP from UP’s Mathura and seeking reelection in the national elections 2019.

Sunny in a run-up to the national polls is up against Sunil Jakhar of Congress and Peter Masih of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Actor Vinod Khanna had represented Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Seat many times from 1998 to 2017. Khanna passed away in April 2017. Later in by-polls of 2017, Congress Sunil Jakhar defeated BJP’s Swaran Salaria.

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