Formerly known as a stand-up comedian and actor, Ghuggi replaces Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who has been ousted from the party on charges of accepting bribe.
Ghuggi started his career as a TV artist in Doordarshan series. His career escalated when he featured in popular Bollywood movies such as, Namastey London, Race, Singh is Kinng etc. Ghuggi shot to fame with his appearance in the Great Indian Laughter Challenge show.
While Ghuggi replaced a politician with over 40 years of experience in politics, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Badal mocked him and Bhagwant Mann for being comedians. In response to which, Ghuggi said,” Punjab is crying, it is mourning. And Ghuggi and Mann are making people laugh.”
Shortly after becoming the Aam Aadmi Party State Convenor in Punjab, Gurpreet Ghuggi has launched a strong offensive against the Akali Dal. Speaking out against current Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal, Ghuggi stated that Badal was always exploiting the state masses and playing with their emotions. “Badal family has always cooked bread and butter on emotive issue of Punjab. Both Akali Dal and Congress are expert in highlighting the emotive issues of Punjab during elections to get votes,” Ghuggi said on September 5.
Claiming the pro-Punjab stance of AAP, the comedian turned politician Gurpreet Ghuggi said that AAP will work tooth and nail to defend the state rights on issues like river waters, Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas.
Commenting on the announcement of launching fourth political front by Navjot Sidhu and Pargat Singh, Ghuggi said that if needed he will go to them with folded hands to urge them to join AAP. He expressed hope that the BJP rebel Navjot Sidhu and Akali Dal rebellion legislator Pargat Singh won’t hamper the momentum built against ruling Akali Dal in Punjab.
Talking about his predecessor Sucha singh Chhotepur, who was sacked last month by the AAP leadership, Ghuggi said that Chhotepur should appear before the committee constituted to probe in his case so that he can prove his innocence.
Ruling out any possibility of his connection with a Nirankari sect, Ghuggi said that he only bows his head before Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Clarifying the scene of attending a Nirankari function, Ghuggi said that he had gone there to attend bhog of his friend actor Vivek Shauq. “Can’t I attend last rites of my friends?” he questioned. Notably, Ghuggi is under fire of Sikh bodies after a video of him attending Nirankari function had surfaced online.
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