NDA ally Ramdas Athawale slammed BJP's Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol over his decision to hire a proxy to look after his constituency on his behalf.
The RPI(A) chief called out the actor-turned-politician and stated that Deol 'does not know much' because he's from the film industry and that it is necessary for him to visit his constituency as he has been elected by the people there.
He said, "I feel Sunny Deol is new and works in films, but this is not right. Every MP, representative works there (at their constituency). I believe Sunny Deol's representative will handle his work, but that he would not go there at all is not right."
"People have elected him, so it is necessary for him to go there every 15 days, one month. I don't agree with this, but he works in films, he does not know much. I request Sunny Deol that he should go there," he added.
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.
"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.
The non-political representative from Mohali who is a film writer and producer will 'represent' Deol in his Gurdaspur constituency
Taking cognisance of this unprecedented move, the ruling Congress party in Punjab called this act a 'betrayal' of the 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.
Deol became MP after defeating Congress' Sunil Jakhar with a margin of 82,459 votes in the Lok Sabha polls.