Renowned comedian and mimicry artist, known for the mimicking the voice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has met the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in Rajasthan on Thursday. Appreciating the party’s performance in Delhi, Rangeela said that AAP doesn’t play the blame game like other political organisations. He was inducted into the party by AAP’s Rajasthan election in-charge Vinay Mishra.
“I have never seen any politician who has asked for votes by saying ‘if you don’t like my work then don’t vote for me next time’ except for AAP. I am somewhere influenced by them and it led me to join the party,” Rangeela said.
Appreciating the party’s performance in Delhi, Rangeela said that AAP doesn’t play the blame game like other political organisations. “I would have supported AAP irrespective of its win in the recent Punjab elections based on its developmental work in Delhi,” he said.
While the party has not given him “an exact position”, he shared his wish to work independently. Confirming the news about his joining, AAP tweeted, “Famous comedian Shyam Rangeela of Rajasthan joins AAP! Shyam Rangeela has been bringing smiles to the faces of people through his satires. Now, through his art, he will shed light on the education and health revolution in the state in association with Aam Aadmi Party.”
Shyam Rangeela replied to the tweet, saying:
“Rajasthan needs the ‘politics of development’ and I am with the ‘politics of development’ and the ‘AAP’. Thank you”.
• Controversies linked to Shyam Rangeela:
Stand-up comedian Shyam Rangeela was eliminated from The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, after his video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mimicry went viral.
After being eliminated, while speaking to The Quint, he said:
“I prepared on the script around Modi ji for a month, but was told by the channel’s production guys that it might lead to a controversy, even riots. I was asked to drop it. Then I prepared one on Rahul Gandhi… that too was rejected. The script I actually performed on the show was done over just two days. Comedy can’t be done in a day and these constant changes left me very disturbed”.
Apart from this, Rangeela faced certain troubles after he had shared a video from a petrol pump in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar when the petrol price touched ₹100 mark. In the video, he had mimicked PM Modi and mocked the skyrocketing fuel prices.
The video soon went gathered over a million views on Youtube and 42,000 likes on Twitter. Soon after that, the petrol bunk’s owner, Surendra Agarwal, lodged a complaint at the Sadar police station.