Film star-turned politician Yograj Singh is hopeful that his son, cricketer Yuvraj Singh will campaign from him for the October 13, assembly polls in Haryana.
Yograj, who belongs to a political family and also had a brief stint in cricket before appearing in Punjabi films, filed his nomination papers for the Panchkula Assembly seat on the ticket of Indian National Lok Dal on Thursday.
"He (Yuvraj) must come and campaign for me ... he must help his father during the electioneering," Yograj told PTI, exuding confidence that his son who is out of the on-going Champions Trophy due to a fracture in his finger will devote some time with his father during the electioneering.
"Yuvraj must also encourage other cricketers of the country to campaign for me," Yograj said. He, however, said if Yuvraj came to campaign then he should meet the people of the constituency. "Yuvraj must try to touch people by heart," he added.
"I am not the kind of person who at this moment will like to tell my son what I have done for him for shaping his career," he said adding that Yuvraj was aware of Yograj's role in making him a cricketer. Yograj, who spoke to his son on phone after he got injured and was ruled out of Champions Trophy, said that "Yuvraj was pained to learn that he will not be able to playfor six weeks due to injury."
"He (Yuvraj) was looking forward for an all-round performance at the Champions Trophy but due to the injury his dreams were shattered," Yograj said. Yograj, whose father Niranjan Singh was associated for a long time with Punjab unit of Congress, said that "he will never compromise on principles".
"I will move ahead in politics by following the path of truth," he said. On revival of his innings as a politician, Yograj, who alongwith his family was earlier aligned with the Congress, said he was fascinated by former deputy prime minister and INLD founder Devi Lal's ideology. "I will follow his (Devi Lal's) principles," he asserted adding that "I was never inclined to join the dirty world of politics (by contesting)."
"I got inspiration to contest as an INLD nominee by reading and learning a lot about Devi Lal," he said.