'Don't have to prove patriotism, we stand with you': Harsimrat Kaur Badal backs singer Shubh amid row
PTC News Desk: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal came out in support of Punjabi-Canadian singer Shubh on Friday, telling him that he "doesn't need to prove his patriotism."
Canada-based Punjabi singer Shubh was scheduled to perform in India but his tour was cancelled after he sparked controversy when he posted a distorted map of India on his Instagram account.
"Singer Shubh we stand with you. You don't need to prove your patriotism because you are a proud son of Punjab and India," Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a former ally of the BJP, said on her official X account.
"Akali Dal appeals to fellow countrymen not to fall prey to conspiracies to label Shubh & others who speak for Punjab as anti-nationals," she added.
Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, head of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), defended singer Shubh on Friday, saying he "strongly oppose labelling of our youngsters, who speak for Punjab as anti-nationals".
"While we at Punjab Congress strongly oppose the idea of Khalistan & have actively fought our battles against anti-national forces, I strongly oppose labelling of our youngsters like Shubh, who speak for Punjab as anti-nationals. We Punjabis don't need to give any proof about our nationalism," he said on X.
Earlier this year, the singer triggered controversy when he shared a distorted map of India without Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab on his Instagram account.
Notably, Shubneet Singh, better known by his stage name Shubh, was scheduled to put on a show in Mumbai from September 23-25 as part of the Cruise Control 4.0 event. He was also set to perform in New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.
Cricketer Virat Kohli recently unfollowed Shubh on Instagram.
Tensions between the two countries intensified after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that evidence pointed to India's involvement in the June killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
- PTC NEWS