- Bappi Lahiri is the BJP candidate for the Srirampur constituency in West Bengal. He joined the party in 2014.
- Born in 1952 in Calcutta, he has been a Bollywood music director since 1973
- He is credited with popularising disco music in such superhits as Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and Dance Dance
- Other than Bengali, Hindi and English, he has scored music for Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Bhojpuri movies
- He has two English albums, and has scored music for Hollywood films
“BappiDA, ekta gaan hoyey jaak” (Bappida, let’s have a song), screams a fan from amidst the crowd that has gathered outside the Golden Inn Hotel in Dankuni, a small town in Srirampur constituency, from where Bappi Lahiri is contesting on a BJP ticket. It’s 4:45 in the afternoon and the pop musician has just emerged on the front steps of the hotel—a stopover venue—after a siesta. The morning had...