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Yo Yo Honey Singh performs despite opposition

Minakshi Saini Kathait, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 16:24 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 07:48 IST(27/8/2013)

Despite strong objections from the members of the Punjabi community in Ontario, Canada, rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh finally performed there to a crowd over 20, 000 people on Saturday. The members had opposed the show, calling Singh violent and obscene. “It’s now become a usual practice. I’m mastering the art of fighting against all odds and coming out victorious by performing in front of thousands of fans,” says the 29-year-old rapper.

Earlier this week, over 1,100 Punjabis had signed a petition to stop his performance at Punjabi Virsa Day 2013, that was finally held at Wonderland theme park in Vaughan, Ontario. “We don’t think a singer like him has any place in a peaceful country like Canada,” Gurmukh Singh, co-founder of Guru Nanak Mission Canada, was quoted as saying.

The rapper however says, “I’ve never done and will never do anything obscene. Seeing this huge turnout, I can say that my fans have faith in me. I’ll always respect their love.” Canadian politician of India origin Ruby Dhalla also tweeted post the event, “Congrats 2 Yo Yo Honey Singh... .amazing turnout! Canada loves u (sic)!”

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