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Sidhu Moosewala Joins Congress

Chandigarh: Sidhu Moosewala, the famous Punjabi singer and rapper joined the "Indian National Congress" today in the run-up to the Punjab elections early next year.

He was given a warm welcome by Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He is most likely to contest the polls from Mansa, his hometown.

Sidhu Moosewala is a controversial figure known to flaunt guns and police cases in his song videos. He faces many cases that accuse him of glorifying guns and violence through his songs.

When Navjot Singh Sidhu was asked about this, he simply stonewalled questions on this 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."

Sidhu Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, belongs to the "Moosa village" in Mansa and his mother is a village sarpanch. He studied engineering and took to music in college.

His favored theme is to depict the charms of bucolic life in his videos, has also been accused of glorifying caste divides. His "gangster rap" has a sizeable fan following.

Responding to media questions, he said: "This is my first press conference. Just three years back I started singing. Now four years later I am taking a new step. Mansa is not that developed... a part of this area raised me, so I will raise my voice from here."

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