New Delhi, Dec 2: Noted Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu on Tuesday officially announced his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sanu, whose original name is Kedarnath Bhattacharya, was welcomed in the party by its all-India president Amit Shah. [Kumar Sanu sang Atalji Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga Jaisa Khilta Kamal when he joined the saffron party in 2004]
However, it is not the first time that Sanu has joined the saffron party. The singer, who belted out hit Bollywood numbers one after another throughout the 1990s, had joined the BJP in 2004 at the invitation of the then party president, Venkaiah Naidu. But he left soon after saying he would like to focus more on music and not politics.
Speaking to journalists, Sanu, however, said that he is not eager to contest elections for music is his main focus. "However, I will give time for campaigning for the party during the election," the singer said.
But why did he join the BJP again?
To this, Sanu said he thought Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a man of action and he hopes a lot of work could be done under his leadership. He said he is eager to do to something for the Sunderbans and Canning areas of Bengal, which are very backward. He said he would like to set up a school in the region.
Kumar Sanu said he would fight poverty as a member of the BJP
Kumar Sanu joined other Bollywood singers like Bappi Lahiri and Babul Supriyo who also became members of the BJP and contested the Lok Sabha election this year. Supriyo won from Asansol in West Bengal and is currently a minister of state at the Centre.
Bappi Lahiri had also joined the Congress in 2004 but changed the party in 2014.