Arun Govil, Indian television’s most famous Lord Ram has joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today. The actor played the role of Lord Ram in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan and has been a popular face ever since. He came back in spotlight during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown when the epic TV show got a rerun on Doordarshan and broke all previous records to become one of the most watched entertainment shows worldwide.
The actor will not contest the elections but will campaign for the party. His joining is expected to increase the party’s appeal in the states where elections are due. At his first press conference, Govil said that there is nothing wrong in saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He said, “Some people are not ready to understand. They have some sort of allergy. They have to understand that Lord Ram is our ideal. Why would you want to resist? This will be fatal for nation building. This country belongs to Lord Ram.”
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The phrase has become BJP’s slogan in Bengal where the party is hoping to form its maiden government this year. The slogan was used against Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress during the 2019 general elections. The BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state making deep in roads in West Bengal.
Apart from Ramayan, Govil, has also played the lead character in several Hindi, Bhojpuri, Odia and Telugu films. He played supporting characters in various films as well. However, he is mostly known for playing mythological characters in films and serials. The country is gearing up for multi-phased Assembly elections in five states, namely, Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and will begin on March 27. The counting will be held on May 2.