The Lok Sabha election results 2019 have taken the country by a storm. Early morning on 23rd May, as news channels were broadcasting early trends of leading parties across the state, a leading news anchor on Republic TV shared actor Sunny Deol’s figures from Gurdaspur constituency, but called him Sunny Leone by mistake.
Sunny Deol contested from Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency on a BJP ticket. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won the seat after fielding late actor Vinod Khanna from there. Gurdaspur has mainly been a Congress stronghold, only changing with Khanna’s victory in 1998. The sitting Gurdaspur MP is Sunil Jakhar of the Congress.
The anchor interrupted his fellow anchor who was sharing figures of BJP candidate Giriraj Singh leading from Begusarai, Bihar from where Kanhaiya Kumar was fielded on a CPI ticket. Cutting him midway, the former said: “Sunny Leone is leading with…”, later correcting himself to “Sunny Deol is leading with 7000…”
The clip from the channel went viral within minutes and took the internet by a storm. Sunny Leone, an actor model and former adult film star, responded to the misquote on her official Twitter handle in rather good humour.
Leone wrote, “Leading by How many votes ????”
Fans and netizens are retweeting her post and creating memes that lighten the rather serious election mood.
Leading by How many votes ???? 😉
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) May 23, 2019