Bollywood actor and BJP's Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol in an unprecedented move has placed the responsibility of this constituency on the shoulder's on a 'representative'
The actor-turned-politician appointed Gurpreet Singh Palheri Punjab's Mohali district as a proxy to 'attend meetings and follow important matters' on his behalf.
The non-political representative from Mohali who is a film writer and producer will 'represent' Deol in his Gurdaspur constituency
"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," the letter signed by Deol read.
Palheri said the letter was issued on June 26.
He tried to downplay the issue, saying, "It (appointment) is for local issues. It is like being in 24-hour service of people of Gurdaspur."
He, however, asserted that the Gurdaspur MP and the BJP were taking care of the public issues of the Lok Sabha constituency.
Palheri said Deol would visit the Gurdaspur constituency every month. "He will now come to Gurdaspur after Parliament session is over," he added.
The move has come under fire by the ruling Congress party under the leadership of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who described the move as a "betrayal" of a voter's mandate.
"Sunny Deol has betrayed voters of Gurdaspur constituency by appointing a representative," said Punjab cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, an MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, an Assembly segment which is part of the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency.
"How can an MP appoint his representative? Voters have elected Sunny Deol as MP, not his representative," Randhawa told PTI.
Last month, the newly elected MP had faced flak from the people of the constituency after posting a video of his vacation in Kaza on Instagram.
Deol became MP after defeating Congress' Sunil Jakhar with a margin of 82,459 votes in the Lok Sabha polls.