Punjab elections: CM Channi, Sidhu Moosewala booked for violating poll code
- Charanjit Singh Channi was campaigning for Sidhu Moosewala in Mansa
- Moosewala, a Punjabi rapper, is Congress’ candidate from Mansa
- Punjab votes for its 117-seat Assembly on February 20
Charanjit Singh Channi, the chief minister of Punjab, and Sidhu Moosewala, a rapper-turned-Congress candidate, were pulled up by the poll body Friday for violating the election code of conduct and campaigning beyond the deadline of 6 pm two days prior to the elections. Moosewala is Congress’ candidate from Mansa. Punjab goes to polls to elect is 117-seat Assembly on Sunday.
The two leaders were found campaigning in Mansa after Charanjit Singh Channi went to the constituency to bolster support for Moosewala. A case was registered against the duo under Section 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), according to a Hindustan Times report.
Vijay Sangla, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mansa, complained to election observer CK Yadav alleging that the Congress leaders violated the model code of conduct by campaigning beyond the stipulated time.
Following the complaint, a flying squad of election officials was dispatched to verify and the poll body found Charanjit Singh Channi, who is not a voter from Mansa, had violated the code by campaigning in another constituency.
Sidhu Moosewala, the Congress candidate from Mansa, was found campaigning with over 400 people which is also against the poll code, the report stated. Moosewala, 28, joined the Congress in December last year. A Punjabi singer, Moosewala’s core genre is ‘gangster rap’.
At the time of joining the grand old party, Moosewala had said, “I am not coming into politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of people.”
Welcoming in Moosewala to the party, Channi had said, “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.” In Mansa, Moosewala faces a tough challenge. The seat went to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2017 polls.