The Hush Post|12:10pm| 1-min-read
After the BJP announced the candidature of actor Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur, late Vinod Khanna’s wife, Kavita Khanna, has decided to contest as an Independent against him.
Vinod Khanna was a four-time BJP MP from Gurdaspur. Therefore, Kavita Khanna was a front-runner to bag the Lok Sabha ticket.
According to news reports, Congress leaders were quick to make overtures to her once Sunny Deol’s candidature was cleared. She, however, refused and decided to fight as an Independent.
Earlier too, Kavita says she had been ditched by the BJP when she was denied a ticket for the by-polls after her husband’s death. A day before the final nomination, the BJP central election committee had announced Mumbai-based businessman Swaran Singh Salaria as the party candidate.
Salaria had been sidelined in 2014 when the party selected Khanna to contest the election despite his electoral loss in 2009 to Congress’s Partap Singh Bajwa.
A Congress bastion until 1998, the seat was wrested by Khanna when he first contested the elections in 1998 and went on to represent it untill his death.