Actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood has said that he will not be campaigning for his sister, Malvika Sood Sachar, who recently joined the Indian National Congress. He also added that he has no intention of joining politics himself.
“It is her journey, and I have nothing to do with politics. I will keep doing the work that I have been doing. I won’t be campaigning for her in the elections because I want her to work hard and do her bit. As far as I am concerned, I will always stay away from politics or any political affiliations,” he said during an interview with Times of India.
The actor, however, noted that he is “proud” that his sister has taken the plunge into politics. “She has been living there for the past couple of years and knows the issues that matter to people. I am glad she will be able to be in touch with people and help them directly,” he said.
Sachar joined the Indian National Congress party on Monday, ahead of the Punjab assembly polls, which are scheduled to take place in February.
When wishing her luck on Twitter, too, Sood had stressed that he would continue his philanthropic work without any political affiliations. He had written, “As my sister Malvika Sood embarks on her political journey, I wish her the best and can’t wait to see her flourish in this new chapter of her life. Good luck Malvika! My own work as an actor and humanitarian continues, without any political affiliations or distractions.”
Sood, who has predominantly appeared in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil cinema, became noted for his philanthropic work when Covid-19 hit India in March 2020. He started by helping thousands of migrant labourers, who were struggling to get back to their hometowns on foot when the sudden nationwide lockdown was announced. He continued his social work through his ‘Sood Charity Foundation’, including providing assistance to students for online classes and organising oxygen cylinders that were in shortage during the second wave of the pandemic. He also helped organise teams of volunteers to aid patients seeking hospital beds across the country.