Ahead of assembly polls in Punjab, actor Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika Sood joined the Congress in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday. Sidhu later met the siblings at their residence in Punjab’s Moga.
“Politics is about serving the people and Malvika Sood has joined the party solely with this intention”, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said on Monday. “Now there should be no doubt about who will be the Congress candidate from Moga,” he added.
Channi later welcomed Malvika in a tweet.
The Election Commission had last week annulled the appointment of actor Sonu Sood as Punjab’s “state icon”. The Bollywood actor had, however, said that he voluntarily stepped down as a family member was contesting the upcoming assembly polls. He was made the state’s “icon” over a year ago by the EC.
It will be a race against time for political parties in Punjab as the voters are yet to be offered a clear-cut chief ministerial face. The elections in Punjab will be held on February 14 and the counting will take place on March 10.
Even as mystery continues to shroud who would be its CM face, the ruling Congress is still to declare its first list of candidates fighting the polls.
The grand old party has already held two meetings of the screening committee and has declared that the party leaders have arrived at a consensus for at least 50 seats apart from its dilemma of declaring a Chief Ministerial face. The biggest dilemma of the Congress would be whether to go ahead with incumbent CM Charanjit Singh Channi or to name Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu for the CM post.
With no party declaring a CM face, the campaigning would become more interesting. The AAP, though, has made it clear that this time it would ensure that they go into the elections with a CM face, but so far a formal announcement has remained elusive.
Soon after the dates were announced by the EC, party leader Jarnail Singh said that the party would ensure that it would go into the elections with a CM face and not commit the same mistake as it had committed in 2017 of going faceless.
The SAD has gone into an alliance with the BSP but continues to battle an “image perception”.