Following the dismissal of Sucha Singh Chhotepur after a video showed him accepting bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday appointed stand-up comedian and actor-turned politician Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi as its Punjab convener in place of Chhotepur.
Ghuggi, 45 was appointed by AAP’s Political Affairs Committee in Delhi. Started as an actor who featured in small roles in Doordarshan serials, Ghuggi shot to fame after participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, a comedy-based reality show. He is known to have acted in films like Namastey London, Race, Singh is Kinng and others.
He was the second stand-up comedian after Bhagwant Mann to join AAP. Ghuggi had earlier said he was impressed with the work done by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal who brought “practical agenda and approach” to the political landscape to resolve the issues of the people. According to sources, Ghuggi was chosen as he was “a young and popular face” in Punjab and could boost the party’s prospects in the upcoming Punjab polls.