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CHANDIGARH: The Election Commission of India has named actor Sonu Sood as the Punjab state symbol, an official statement said here on Monday.

The statement quoting S Karuna Raju, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, stated that his office had submitted a proposal to the ECI in this regard and that they had authorized it.

For his role in helping migrants enter their homes during the corona virus-triggered lock down, Sonu Sood, part of the Moga district of Punjab, was catapulted to the public spotlight.

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Sonu Sood Speaking about it, he says, “I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful for this honor. Having been born in Punjab, this appointment means so much to me, emotionally. I am happy to have made my state proud of me and I am motivated to keep working hard.”

Sonu Sood arranged transportation services for migrant workers trapped in their homes in different places, and all elements of society greatly appreciated his humanitarian efforts.

His contributions to society were previously appreciated by the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Maharashtra CM, Udhav Thackeray. Besides his followers, his industry colleagues admired him for his noble gestures.

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A while ago, the United National Development Programme (UNDP) jury awarded him the SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award.