Controversial Singer Sidhu Moosewala joins Punjab Congress .

Controversial Singer Sidhu Moosewala joins Punjab Congress .

Controversial Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moosewala joined the Congress on Friday in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Siddhu .

Moosewala, after being taken into the party fold, said he had started his music career four years ago, but was now ready to take a new step in his life. “I still Iive in the same house in my village. My father is an ex-serviceman and my mother is a sarpanch. Residents of my area, Bathinda and Mansa, are associated with me. They have expectations from me,” he said.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voices of the people. I am joining the Congress as the party has leaders who have come from common families. For instance, cabinet minister Amrinder Singh Raja Warring has risen from a common family,” he added.

“Welcome to the fold champ,” as tweeted Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu .

Sidhu Moosewala, 28, faces many cases that accuse him of glorifying guns and violence through his songs. But 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.

Sidhu Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, studying engineering and took to music in college. Last year, he was charged in an FIR with promoting violence and gun culture with his song "Sanju". The case was filed after images showing him firing an AK-47 rifle at a firing range during the Covid lockdown went viral.

Moose Wala has been booked under two sections of the arms act, has been underground to avoid arrest, and is presently out on regular bail. Further, he has been fined for using black-tinted glasses in his car.

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