Sunny Deol, actor-turned-politician, has appointed someone else to take care and oversee his constituency Gurdaspur in his absence.
On Monday, Deol appointed Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative in a declaration issued on his letterhead in which he has 'authorised' Palheri to be his 'representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities'.
Punjab cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has said the move is a betrayal against the people of the constituency. He has lashed out by saying,
Sunny Deol has betrayed voters of Gurdaspur constituency by appointing a representative. How can an MP appoint his representative? Voters have elected Sunny Deol as MP, not his representative.
People are also enraged at Deol's recent move.
Sunny Deol writes the most ridiculous letter I’ve seen in my half a decade in politics. He’s trying to subcontract his job out! 😮— Shivam Shankar Singh (@ShivamShankarS) July 2, 2019
The legality of something like this... He also just opened a new can of worms.
Can you sublet meetings as an IAS/IPS... pic.twitter.com/Joeb6pUTV9
Why is everyone surprised about Sunny Deol? The guy obviously has used duplicates all his life for action scenes so why would he not do that in real life?— Abhijit (@cricabhi) July 2, 2019
#SunnyDeol this is why you should never vote a celebrity. Be a cricketer or an actor. They all have their prior commitments and care less about their constituency.— Suman Raju (@sumanvraju) July 2, 2019
Sunny Deol is really stupid. Every MP/Mala has some or other representative as they can not be present at all times. But announcing it and giving it legitimaticy is pure idiocy. It is like he is trying really hard to be not at the constituency from whr he has been selected— Saurabh Suman (@saurabhsuman88) July 2, 2019
This guy is being paid around 2 lakh rupees per month, because of being an MP. In his full tenure, he’ll get 1.14 crore.— Jas Oberoi | ਜੱਸ ਓਬਰੌਏ (@iJasOberoi) July 2, 2019
It’s all going from Indian tax payers pocket. Congratulations guys, you’ve just bought a very very expensive ticket of a super flop D-grade movie!
Seriously mockery of democracy ....— Dr. Dinesh Goyal (@skmandin13) July 1, 2019
Now these celebs will enjoy their blitz. Life.
And appoint representatives...
Cool. I will also try to appoint a representative to go to office on my behalf but still get the salary— Imran Khan Afridi (@ikafridi181) July 1, 2019
Wow. So you elect a Public representative.— Anupam | अनुपम (@AnupamConnects) July 1, 2019
And he will select his Private representative.
This is the launch of PPP (Public Private Partnership) model in our Parliament!
In a representative statement explaining the contents of the letter, Palheri said,
We are there in Gurdaspur 24x7. We have our offices there. Sunny Deol has a proper plan in place to ensure that we are available to the people of Gurdaspur anytime. It (appointment) is for local issues. It is like being in 24-hour service of the people of Gurdaspur. All he wants to say is that we are available 24x7. It is wrong to assume that he is running away from his responsibilities. He is visiting the constituency regularly and will continue to do it. He has prepared a team and we all are a part of it. I am not the lone representative. The letter is irrelevant in that context. He simply means that every ground level worker can be approached in Gurdaspur and he will help you.