In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections 2019, increasing the trail of celebrities joining the BJP, singer Daler Mehndi on Friday joined the party. BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and newly inducted singer Hans Raj Hans was also present in the event.
While welcoming him to the party, Union Minister Harshvardhan said that more than party workers, people want Narendra Modi to be the Prime Minister again. Mehndi expressed his feelings by singing: "Dill Modi Modi ho gaya, oye ki kariye ki kariye."
The BJP has also fielded popular Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans from the North-West Delhi constituency against Guggan Singh of the AAP and Rajesh Lilothia of the Congress. Hans Raj Hans joined the BJP in 2016 after ditching the Congress. Hans Raj Hans had contested elections on a Congress ticket.
Earlier, actor Sunny Deol joined the ruling BJP, days after he met with party president Amit Shah. He will be contesting from Gurdaspur in Punjab. "Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years," said the actor in a short speech.
Welcoming him to the party, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman referred to his blockbuster 1997 movie "Border" based on an episode from the India-Pakistan of 1971. "Sunny Deol made the film Border which showed how the feeling of nationalism and patriotism when portrayed beautifully on film can touch a cord with the people," Ms Sitharaman said.