Arun Govil, who played the iconic role of lord Ram in “Ramayan” 1987 television show, joined BJP. The party disclosed that he won’t be contesting for the elections of 2021 but will campaign for the party.
At this time of election knocking the doors of four states and one union territory, BJP with this move is aiming for the right-winged voters.
The actor said in his press conference that there’s nothing wrong in “Jai Shri Ram”, heard often at BJP rallies. “West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s irritation with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was a trigger point for me to join the BJP. And there is nothing wrong in saying Jai Shri Ram… it is not a slogan, not even a political slogan. It’s a way of life for us, it represents our culture and ethos”, Arun Govil as per news agency PTI.
The slogan was used against Trinamool in West Bengal during the 2019 election where BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats out of 42.
Mr. Arun Govil was viral on social networking sites where his picture framing him watching Ramayana reboot on Doordarshan was highly circulated throughout the net.
Apart from the Ramayana TV show, Mr. Govil played lead in several films made in various languages in India, but the main reason of his popularity remains the role of “Lord Ram” performed by him.
During the peak time of Ramayana in 1987, he supported the Congress whereas other caste members like Arvind Trivedi(Ravan) and, Deepika Chikhalia (Sita) contested on behalf of BJP and both were MPs.