Hyderabad: A post is widely being shared on social media claiming that actor Sonu Sood has joined the Congress party.
The text in the post read, "Sonu Sood now with Congress."
The claim is False.
NewsMeter began its investigation by performing a keyword search which led us to a tweet by ANI on January 10, 2022.
In the first tweet, the news agency had shared a set of two images, where the actor is seen along with his sister Malvika Sood and President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Navjot Singh Sidhu. The tweet reads, "Punjab: State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu meets actor Sonu Sood and his sister at his residence in Moga."
Following this, the tweet had also included quotes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Charanjit Singh Channi, chief minister of Punjab, where they had welcomed Malvika Sood in the party.
The team further found a report published by Zee News Hindi on January 10, 2022.
"Bollywood actor Sonu Sood's sister Malvika Sood has joined the Congress party. He joined the party on Monday in the presence of Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. On this occasion, Sidhu said that Sonu Sood did a unique work for humanity during the Corona period and now a member of his family is joining us," reads the report.
On further investigation, the team found a tweet by the official Twitter handle of Punjab Congress on January 10, 2022.
"We welcome Ms. Malvika Sood Sachar to the Congress family who joined the party today, supported by her brother, actor & social worker @SonuSood, in the presence of CM @CHARANJITCHANNI & PPCC President S. Navjot Singh Sidhu. We wish her all the best in her journey in service of people," reads the tweet.
The actor had also shared about his sister Malvika Sood joining the Congress party on his social media accounts.
"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 & humanitarian continues, without any political affiliations or distractions," his posts read.
There are no reports published by the mainstream media that stated the actor joining the part.
The team contacted a close associate of Sonu Sood, who had refuted the claim that the actor had joined the Congress party. He further said it is false news and all the social media users are requested not to share such posts. It is not the actor who had joined the party but his sister.
It is therefore evident that the claim is False. Sonu Sood did not join the Congress party.