Amritsar: Ever since the cricketer-turned-politician and former MP of Amritsar, Navjot Singh Sidhu had decided to bid good bye to the BJP, the latter is searching a heavyweight who could be a popular face to give a neck and neck fight to Sidhu.
The former ace cricketer, after leaving BJP held parleys with the leadership of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, but finally he decided to take a ride in Congress bandwagon. Although, after the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat fell vacant following resignation of the MP, Amarinder Singh, speculations were rife that Sidhu would be Congress face for the Lok Sabha by poll from this seat.
However, the picture is now amply clear and Sidhu is going to become Congress candidate from Amritsar (east) segment for the ensuing assembly elections.
Interestingly, no local leader of the BJP had so far come forward to be its candidate from Amritsar (east) segment to contest against Sidhu. Neither the party top brass had opted to ask anyone to accept the challenge.
However, party insiders disclosed that the high command was of the concerted view that some notable figure from the celluloid world or sports field might be in a position to engage Sidhu in a fierce encounter from this very segment.
Since Sidhu got elected as an MP from holy city thrice, hence, he had earned lot of popularity in the area. He commands a remarkable clout among the local folk.
According to confidential sources, the BJP has now zeroed in upon the name of actor Sunny Deol, who is a well-known face among the Punjabis. Son of Dharmendra, a renowned actor of his times, Sunny made his debut as a hero in 1983, with a blockbuster movie of that time, Betaab.
He, then stole the show with many hit movies and became a heartthrob of cine goers during 80s and 90s.Though his glow diminished around a decade back or so, however, still he has a niche among the minds of Punjabis.
Pleading anonymity, a local veteran leader of BJP divulged that the party was in constant touch with Deol and had requested the latter to be its candidate against Sidhu.
The leader also added that since Sidhu had deserted the party which had provided him political platform and even made him MP three times, therefore, the residents of holy city did not like to listen his name even, what to speak of exercising their franchise in his favour.