Tribune press service
Bathinda, December 12
Ahead of the 2022 Punjab elections, parties are turning to popular folk singers to woo young voters. In the 2017 elections, the 18-39 age group represented 53% of the total electorate. Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala has joined Congress. All set to compete from Mansa, he drew large crowds at a rally last week where CM was also present.
The AAP has hired two singers – Balkar Sidhu from Rampura Phul and Anmol Gagan Maan from Kharar. There is speculation that singer Balbir Chotian from Bathinda-Rural constituency could be hired. Additionally, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika has announced that she will compete from her hometown of Moga. Sonu Sood has held meetings with leaders of all major parties, but his sister has yet to join a party.
The entry of singers into the electoral arena made campaigners aspiring to the party ticket uncomfortable. Moosewala faced a protest from Youth Congress workers as he rose to speak at the Mansa rally. That the CM was on the platform was not dissuasive.
In the past, several singers and artists – Mohammad Sadiq, Hans Raj Hans, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jassi Jasraj and Satwinder Bitti – have tried their luck in politics.