BJP MP Sunny Deol May Lose Seat For Overspending During LS Campaign

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Amritsar: Actor-politician Sunny Deol, who won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket, may be pulled up by the Election Commission (EC) for overspending during campaigning.

The EC is mulling over the decision to issue a notice to Sunny Deol for overshooting the Rs 70 lakh limit of expenses for election campaign. Sunny Deol has apparently spent Rs 86 lakh in campaigning for his election debut.

The poll watchdog has received complaints about Sunny Deol exceeding the expenditure limits set by them. According to the Election Commission, crossing the expenses limits may invite strict action against such MPs.

The EC holds the rights to suspend such a candidate’s membership of the Parliament for overspending and declare the runner-up candidate as the winner.

BJP fielded Sunny Deol as its candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in a major gamble just days ahead of the elections. Sunny Deol contested against Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and defeated him with a margin of over 80,000 votes in the Congress bastion of Punjab.

The Gurdaspur seat was earlier held by another actor-politician Vinod Khanna, whose passing away required BJP to look for another face.

Dressed in jeans, white shirt and blazer, actor Sunny Deol took oath as an MP on Tuesday amid cheers and slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ from the treasury benches.