Veteran actor and producer Vinod Khanna, who conjointly had a thriving stint in politics, passed on to the great beyond at the age of seventy earlier Thursday. He was reportedly battling cancer. together with Shatrughan Sinha, Khanna was one amongst the primary Bollywood actors to be related to the BJP within the 90s.
In 1997, Mr. Vinod Khanna merged with the BJP, oppose and won elections from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab within the Lok Sabha polls in 1998. In 1999, he won a similar seat once more. He was elevated to the position of the Union Minister of Culture and touristry in July 2002. Six months later, in Jan 2003, he was the Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, till may 2004. He was re-elected from his Gurdaspur body in 2004.
As MoS for External Affairs, Khanna centered on bridging the gap between India and Pakistan through the movie industry and was in agreement with “reciprocal bus diplomacy” plan floated by then President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. The actor conjointly led delegation level talks with the then Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Sha’ath wherever India tabled the proposition of larger cooperation at the United Nations, particularly with the difficulty of the terrorist act.
However, he lost his seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, solely to be elective once more from his previous constituency within the 2014 Lok Sabha polls throughout the Narendra Modi wave. According to a civil society organization, National Social Watch (NSW) report 2009, Khanna was among the celebrity MPs whose group action fared poorly within the lower house of Parliament. within the entire session, he asked the govt simply four queries and doubly took half in discussions.