As a minister, Vinod Khanna always worked to bridge gap between India and Pakistan

New Delhi: Veteran Actor and Politician, Vinod Khanna who passed away at the age of 70 on Thursday after prolonged illness, was reportedly battling bladder cancer.

It is to mention that apart from acting in Bollywood films, he always tried to fill the gap between India and Pakistan.

According to the news published in Indian express, Vinod Khanna got into politics and joined BJP in 1997. He contested and won Lok Sabha seat of Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in 1998. The won the same seat again in 1999.

In July 2002, he was made Union Minister of Culture and Tourism. However, after six months, he was made Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs. As MoS for External Affairs, he bridged the gap between India and Pakistan through the film industry. He also supported the idea of “reciprocal bus dimplomacy” which was floated by then President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.

However, in 2009 general elections, he lost his seat. He again won the seat in 2014 general elections.