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Bappi Lahiri

The singer-lyricist-composer talks about his decision to join politics.

Why politics?

Not politics. I joined the BJP.

What’s the difference?

I don’t understand politics. But I understand and love the BJP and the people in it. They respect my idols like Swami Vivekananda. And the party has great leaders like Atalji, Advaniji, Modiji and Rajnathji are all excellent people.

Do you think Narendra Modi will be PM?

If you were there at the Calcutta rally, you would have seen how people are drawn to him. His messages are full of hope for the future.

But what about the party’s ‘communal’ tag?

One thing every BJP member knows is that Bappi Lahiri will never be communal. I respect all religions. My fans across the world include Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs....

Would you have joined any other party if they had called you? Trinamool or CPI(M)?

I won’t criticise other parties. I have great respect for Mamata Banerjee, Sonia Gandhi and Left leaders. But it’s BJP I want to be with.

Will you contest the Lok Sabha elections?

You will come to know of my decision around February 22.

How will you juggle your musical commitments and the hectic campaigning?

Music remains my first love. But I wanted to join the party because I wanted to use my music to do something good for India’s poor.

Any specific plans?

I really do want to help talented musicians who never manage to make it because they don’t have opportunities.

No interview of Bappi Lahiri can be complete without a question about your love for gold.

Actually, gold is lucky for me. But I know people make fun of it.

Why do you think that?

It has happened. People caricature me...the gold chains, the rings and the gold rings. But that’s my style.

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