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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Jazzy B fails to fall in line over apology

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, April 19, 2014
First Published: 12:55 IST(19/4/2014) | Last Updated: 13:04 IST(19/4/2014)

Though three of the four Punjabi pop singers -Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh and Harbhajan Mann, who figured in a TV commercial lauding the Shiromani Akali Dal's policies, apologised on Facebook three days ago following an uproar among their fans, Bhangra singer-songwriter Jaswinder Singh Bains, more popularly known as Jazzy B, continues to remain the exception.

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official of the Chandigarh-based PR firm handling the singer suggested the latter might not have found time to update his Facebook post as he was busy performing live shows in Sydney, Australia.

The TV commercial in question credited the Badal-led government for actively promoting sports and building "world-class"stadiums in Punjab.

When this reporter spoke to some city residents, many said Jazzy B should have, like the other singers, said sorry by now. However, others felt the commercial did not present the real picture, saying the government had only managed to promote kabaddi (a traditional wrestling form) and had neglected other sports.

"I've not seen these TV commercials so far but I read about them in newspapers. Talking about sports in Punjab, the harsh reality is the state stands nowhere.

Only stadiums in the major cities have been upgraded with most towns, forget villages, not even having even the basic facilities to encourage sports.

The few sports activities you see in villages is entirely the result of the resourcefulness with of the villagers, who don't get a penny in state funding to promote sports", averred Sukhvir Grewal, a former hockey Olympian.

A teacher in the city said the SAD-BJP regime had only been promoting kabaddi but had ignored hockey, the "national game", and other major sports.

"The government has spent lavishly on holding 'world kabaddi cups'in the state. Most other games are struggling to survive. Before endorsing any government policies in TV commercials pop singers should first check the ground reality".

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