Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moosewala Joins Congress

Sidhu Moosewala has officially joined the Congress in the run-up to the Punjab election early next year.

Both Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu welcomed him aboard yesterday.

The Punjabi rapper is likely to contest the polls from Mansa, his hometown.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticised the Punjab Congress for inducting singer Sidhu Moosewala, 28, saying the ruling party is only promoting “gun culture” and “separatist forces” in Punjab.

In a statement, BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh said the induction of Moosewala has exposed the “nefarious design of Congress”.

Moosewala faces many cases that accuse him of glorifying guns and violence through his songs. However, Navjot Sidhu stonewalled questions on the subject.

“Why are you asking about issues which are subjudice? Let the people of Punjab decide about him. The media should not decide,” Mr Sidhu told reporters.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi added: “He has won the hearts of everyone. He is a son of a farmer and his father is an ex-army officer. I am sure he will make Congress party proud, I welcome him on behalf of Congress.”

Navjot Sidhu later also tweeted a photo with the newest Congress recruit, calling him “champ”.

Mr Channi also took to Twitter to express his sentiments, saying: “Welcoming young, passionate and talented, @iSidhuMooseWala, to Congress family. I am sure he will serve people to the best of his ability and will spread the message of Congress party at grass-root level.”