Veteran actor Dharmendra, whose son Sunny Deol is contesting Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, said he wouldn't have allowed his actor-turned-politician son to fight the polls from the seat had he known Congress' Sunil Jakhar is contesting against him.
"I learnt about this only after reaching Gurdaspur that Sunny is contesting against Sunil, son of Balram Jakhar, with whom I had great relations," said Dharmendra adding that the Congress candidate is like his son, the Indian Express reported on Sunday.
Balram Jakhar was a former Lok Sabha speaker.
He said he had refused to contest against Balram Jakhar from Churu in Rajasthan in 2004 Lok Sabha polls. Dharmendra had then contested from Bikaner seat on BJP ticket.
Dharmendra, who arrived in Gurdaspur Friday to campaign for his 59-year-old son, told reporters that he has come here to understand people's pain and to become the remedy.
When pointed out Jakhar, had invited Deol to hold a debate with him on local issues, Dharmendra said "we have not come here to hold debates, but hear out people's pain".
"Sunny cannot debate. Sunil has experience (of politics) and his father (Balram Jakhar) was also a politician. We have come from film industry. We have not come here for debate. We have come here to hear out the pain of people," he said.
Dharmendra said he got emotional to see people supporting Sunny Deol on his first roadshow which he held after filling nomination papers for the Gurdaspur seat.
"I was watching the roadshow of Sunny from Mumbai and there was a big crowd in the roadshow. I got emotional. I know people love us but I was surprised by seeing so much love," Dharmendra said.
He said he had come here to do "heart-to-heart talk" with people. "I do not give speeches, I just talk to them. What is in a speech? I am not a politician," he said.
Dharmendra further said he was once asked by the BJP to contest from Patiala seat, but he refused.
"I told them that Amarinder Singh family loves me a lot and his wife (Preneet Kaur) is like my sister and told them that I will not contest from Patiala," he said.
Sunil Jakhar won the seat in the 2017 bypoll, which was necessitated after the death of Vinod Khanna in April that year. The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat had been represented by late actor Vinod Khanna four-times--1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.
All the 13 seats of Punjab will go to polls on May 19.