Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has announced that his sister Malvika Sood will contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, reported NDTV. He, however, remained tight-lipped on which party she will contest from.
Sood made the announcement at a press conference in Moga, some 170 km away from state capital Chandigarh. He had recently met Punjab Chief Minister Charanjeet Singh Channi.
“Malvika is ready. Her commitment to serve people is unparalleled,” the actor said at the press conference.
When asked about the party Malvika would be joining, the Bollywood actor said, “We will reveal at right time about the party.”
Asked whether he, too, will be joining politics, Sood said: “First it is important to support Malvika, she is connected to our roots in Moga. I will reveal my own plans later.”
Healthcare will be Malvika’s top priority. If elected, she will ensure that patients who need dialysis get them for free, Sood said. She will also address the issue of unemployment in the state. “Youths in Punjab go to drugs only when they don’t get work, they are unemployed. We are already working on it,” he said.
In the past, Sood had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who declared him brand ambassador for a “Desh ka Mentors” programme for school students.
The actor’s meeting with Kejriwal sparked rumours of the former making a political debut in next year’s Punjab polls on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket. Sood, however, clarified that no political discussion was held between him and Kejriwal in the meeting.
The actor recently earned praise for his social work for the poor, especially migrant workers, during the COVID-19 lockdown. arranged buses, trains and even flights to take hundreds of migrants, stranded and helpless in the lockdown, to their home state.
During the second wave of COVID-19, Sood arranged for oxygen cylinders, hospital beds and other medical equipment while taking up issues of people in crisis actively on social media.
While his work for the poor has always been feted out by politicians, the actor has maintained that his charity has nothing to do with politics, and has also said that he has no plans to enter politics as of now.