Actor Sonu Sood announced today that his sister, Malvika Sood, will contest the Punjab polls, which will take place early next year, but has kept quiet about the party’s choice.
The actor, whose work during the Covid crisis has earned him high praise, made the announcement at a press conference in Moga, about 170 kilometers from the capital, Chandigarh.
Mr. Sood had recently met with the Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjeet Singh Channi.
In the past, the actor had met with Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who declared him a brand ambassador for a “Desh ka Mentors” program for school students.
Although he has been entertained by politicians and parties, Sonu Sood has always said that his charity has nothing to do with politics.
The meeting with Kejriwal sparked rumors of a political debut, perhaps in Punjab’s elections as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate.
“There was no talk of politics. So far we have not talked about anything political,” Sonu Sood told reporters at the time.
The 48-year-old actor’s philanthropy during the Covid crisis earned him the label “messiah of migrants.”
Sonu Sood organized buses, trains and even flights to take hundreds of migrants, stranded and defenseless in the confinement, to their home state. During the second wave earlier this year, he arranged oxygen for Covid patients.