Arun Govil, who portrayed the role of Lord Ram in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. The actor came back in spotlight during nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus when the epic TV show was rerun, and broke numerous records to become one of the most watched entertainment shows worldwide.
“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,” he said while joining.
Govil’s joining can push BJP’s political aspirations further as most of the party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, always begin their rally address with the chant of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ — a character played by Govil that made him a household name.
Jai Shri Ram literally means victory to Lord Ram, the prince of Ayodhya mentioned in various versions of Ramayana. However, in recent times, more than religious, the slogan has turned political with parties bickering over it.