Om Puri Hints At Joining BJP, Says No Option Left Other Than 'Sitting In Modiji's Lap'

02/06/2016 1:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Bollywood actor Om Puri laughs after being felicitated at a function to mark the 57th anniversary of Indias Independence in Bombay, India, Sunday, Aug.15, 2004. Puri was awarded Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding services to the British film industry earlier this year. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)

NEW DELHI -- Dropping a hint at joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bollywood actor Om Puri on Wednesday said he had no choice left other than joining the saffron party.

"We don't have any choice left other than sitting in Modiji's lap. We have seen others' laps. (Abhi dekhiye humare paas to koi choice hai nhi, sivay Modi ji ki godi mein baithne ke. Baaki godiyan humne dekh li hain)," Puri told the media, while addressing a press conference during the promotion of his upcoming film Marathwada.

Taking a pot shot at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Puri said, "Sonia Gandhi thinks of making her son the Prime Minister. Look at his age, his experience, see what he says. Are we fools? Pranab Mukherjee is very much experienced and very learned statesman and he has been in the Congress for so long. In order to make your son the prime minister, you made him the President."

He further stated that Sonia had made former prime minister Manmohan Singh a puppet for 15 years, who didn't even look up to the eyes of the people and speak, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least does so.

Urging all the MPs to watch Marathwada, Puri said these kind of films are made with a lot of research works.

"The problem is not farmers committing suicide, the problem is they don't get proper money for their crops. It's a matter of shame if the farmers could not be saved. The village head should look into the matter and inform the Prime Minister," he added.

In the film, Puri plays a farmer in Marathwada, one of the worst drought-affected areas, who threatens to commit suicide after his son committed suicide under the financial burden triggered by drought, which finally catches the government's attention.

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