Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday warned those singers who allegedly promote gun culture through their songs.
He disapproved of propping up such a trend and said those found involved will be dealt sternly.
Forty-eight-year-old Mann, the comedian-turned-politician, condemned the “trend of gun culture and gangsterism being promoted by some Punjabi singers” and urged them “to desist from fanning violence, hatred and animosity in the society through their songs”.
He called upon such singers to follow the ethos of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat thereby strengthening the bonds of brotherhood, peace and harmony “instead of fueling anti-social activities through such songs”, as per an official statement.
The chief minister asked them to be far more responsible and play a constructive role in promoting the rich cultural legacy of Punjab for which it is known the world over.
“It is our prime duty to prevail upon such singers not to encourage violence through their songs which often pervert the youth especially the children with impressionable minds. Initially, we request them not to prop up such trend failing which the government would be forced to act sternly against them,” he said.
Mann was addressing a high-level meeting of deputy commissioners and senior superintendents of police here on the drugs issue, the statement said.
He said no laxity would be tolerated for eradication of the drug menace as its supply chain would have to be broken to save the youth falling prey to the scourge.
In the past, some Punjabi singers have been accused of promoting gun culture and glorifying violence through their music videos.