20 Sept 2023

India-Canada Row Fallout: BookMyShow Cancels Punjabi- Canadian Singer Shubhneet Singh's India Tour

BookMyShow on Wednesday cancelled Punjabi- Canadian singer Shubhneet Singh's India tour after the ticket booking app faced a boycott call on social media for hosting a singer who is allegedly a Khalistani sympathiser. 

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, BookMyShow said it will make a complete refund of the tickets within 7-10 days. 

"Singer Shubhneet Singh's Still Rollin Tour for India stands cancelled. To that end, BookMyShow has initiated a complete refund of the ticket amount for all consumers who had purchased tickets for the show. The refund will be reflected within 7-10 working days in the customer's source account of the original transaction," it said. 

#UninstallBookMyShow was trending on X

Earlier in the day, a #UninstallBookMyShow was trending on X with some calling Shubh, as the singer is popularly known, a 'Khalistani' and supporter of separatist leaders. 

This followed a diplomatic row between India and Canada that saw each expelling a senior diplomat. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India's hand in the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, in British Columbia in June this year.  India quickly rejected Canada's assertion as absurd. 

The row has worsened the already poor relations between the two countries and stalled trade talks. 

Shubh is an upcoming Punjabi rapper who rose to fame due to the large number of streams on Instagram reels of his song 'Still Rollin'. He released his first breakout single 'We Rollin' in 2021 and as of 2023, it has reached more than 201 million views on YouTube. 

He recently released his debut album 'Still Rollin' and announced his first-ever India tour starring in 10 different cities and a cruise this year. BookMyShow was a sponsor of the Indian tour.

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