Musician and singer Bappi Lahiri was named BJP candidate from Sreerampore constituency on Thursday evening. He was in town to inaugurate the BJP central election office on Beadon Street in North Kolkata as party’s state president Rahul Sinha readied to kick off his election campaign Friday.
Lahiri in an interview with The Indian Express had said he would not be contesting the general elections because of his commitment to the entertainment world. Earlier in the day, however, when he was asked if he was looking for a safe seat, he said, “I am loved by people across the country and I would be ready to contest from wherever the party asks me to.” He did not say anything about his seat preference while only hinting as much: “Bengal is my birthplace, my hometown.”
Lahiri said going by the (Narendra) Modi wave in the country, he was “200 per cent certain that the BJP would come to power at the Centre and hoped the people here would bless Rahul Sinha, the BJP candidate from Kolkata (North)”. He even sang a song dedicated to the party which went like this: “Rajnathji ke sapne honge saakar.. Modiji karenge chamatkar . Bande Mataram.”
Sinha, meanwhile, would launch his campaign Friday with a road show from Rajabazar to Ram Mandir. Asked if he agreed to BJP candidate for Darjeeling S S Aluwalia’s comment favouring a separate Gorkahland, Sinha said, “It had been misinterpreted. He said the BJP supported smaller states.”