The sudden arrival of former MP Vinod Khanna of the BJP in Gurdaspur constituency has taken people by surprise.Khanna said at public gatherings at several places in the past week that the BJP high command had asked him to stay put in Gurdaspur as he would be fielded from here in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
Khanna, who represented the constituency thrice in Parliament before losing the seat to Partap Singh Bajwa of the Congress in the 2009 elections, is still considered an outsider. The people of Gurdaspur were fed up with his long absence from his constituency during his three stints as MP.
Even after losing the seat in the 2009 elections, he remained out of touch with the locals. It was the tag of being an outsider and his long absence from the constituency that cost him the seat. Now the party seems to have understood the cause of losing the seat and has asked Khanna to spend most of his time in his constituency.
Citing weak health as the reason for his absence from Gurdaspur for the past two years, Khanna promised that now he would permanently stay in the constituency.
He said the Congress-led UPA government was a failure on all fronts and the people had made up their mind to oust it in the next elections.
He said the NDA, of which the BJP was an ally, was sure to form the next government at the Centre.
It will not be a cakewalk for Khanna in the next elections as he will have to face a formidable challenge in the form of Bajwa.