New AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi rewarded for ‘silent work’

Ghuggi is popular among youth, the party’s prime target.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published:September 5, 2016 5:18 am
Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, Ghuggi, aap, aap political wing, aap aadmi party, political affairs committee, delhi news, india news Ghuggi during the rally in Amritsar Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Rana Simranjit Singh)

Within seven months of joining AAP, Gurpreet Singh Waraich (45) alias Ghuggi now finds himself “rewarded” for his “silent work for strengthening the party, his ability to troubleshoot difficult situations and face the media efficiently.”

Ghuggi, originally from Gurdaspur, started off as a theatre artiste. In the mid-1990s, he was appointed ASI in the Cultural Wing of Punjab Police headed by singer Pammi Bai during the tenure of super cop and former DGP KPS Gill. Many claim that Ghuggi was inducted in the force to give it a more humane face, after its reputation suffered during the militancy period in the state.

Ghuggi, however, quit after he felt he was being used more for singing songs at police functions rather than doing any actual policing, say his friends.

He then turned to comedy, under the tutelage of comedian Balwinder Vicky of Chacha Raunki Ram fame. It was Vicky who gave him the name “Ghuggi”. Ghuggi acted in plays that conveyed a strong social message in a satirical manner. He later settled in Jalandhar.

He became popular among the youth after he participated in in a popular TV comedy show. He has since acted in movies like Namaste London, Singh is Kinng, Speedy Singhs and Munde UK De. A Punjabi film Dara, with Ghuggi playing the lead role is currently showing in cinemas.

According to party sources, the Congress also tried to woo the young comic but he chose AAP.

The choice of Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi set social media abuzz on Sunday. While many welcomed the decision, many others wondered why senior and seasoned leaders like HS Phoolka, Kanwar Sandhu and Sukhpal Khair were overlooked. Party leaders remained silent on the issue.