The Election Commission  of India has removed the engagement of Actor Sonu Sood as the state icon of Punjab, an elder officer said on Friday. The ballot committee had arranged him for the role in November 2020.

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The CEO of Punjab S Karuna Raju said to the source that the choice was made after picking up some notifications of social media details on Sonu Sood’s latest conference with political personalities.

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To be the Election Commission of India’s state figure , we need an individual who is unpolitical and without having any bonding or alliance with any political party, it’s campaign or representatives. So we suggested his replacement as state icon, which the ECI has granted. I spoke to Sonu and conveyed it to him. We also applauded him for the excellent journey we had, said Raju,  including that a written communication in this greeting was also sent to the Actor. On 4th of January the appointment was removed as mentioned by Raju. 

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In recent days, the actor had toured to Punjab many times and met political figures, as well as President of Shiromani Akali Dal, CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Sukhbir Singh Badal. 

He had also made a public statement a few weeks ago declaring that  Malvika Sood Sachar, his sister, would be contesting the ballot from Moga. Currently he was seen camping in the electorate and travelling small towns with his sister for her crusade.

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After talking to sources, Sonu Sood said that he had already made up his mind to give up his place as his sister would be competing for the ballot. It was a great experience collaborating with ECI. Anyways it was not applicable for the title any longer because my sister would be competing in polls from Moga. Sonu said that he himself was thinking about giving up in upcoming days.