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Pandit who proposed Narendra Modi’s name in 2014 may not supporting him again

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Varanasi: Disappointed with the Uttar Pradesh and central governments for failing to recognize his contribution to classical music, well-known classical singer Pt. Chhannu Lal can have his own way to protest: he may not become a proposer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s candidature, this time.

He had proposed Modi’s name during the 2014 general election as Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the Varanasi parliamentary seat and is among the ‘navaratna’ (nine-gems) appointed by the Prime Minister for the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.

In an interview with media journalist, 83-year-old Lal said there is no classical singer in Varanasi of his age. Despite dedicating his entire life to the art, he has not received respect from the state or Central government, he said.

 

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On account of his works, Lal and his fans in Varanasi expected state patronage. “People think I am not the right person to be conferred with such awards,” he said in dejection.

“If they don’t think (that he deserves an award), I don’t want it,” the vocalist said.

Lal belongs to ‘Kirana Gharana’. “I am not begging for any award at this age.”

 

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Chhannu Lal was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2010.

“Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are great admirers of classical music. Once I performed before them and they recommended a Padma Bhushan for me and I got it. (Then Uttar Pradesh) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also conferred me with Yash Bharati Puraskar. I urged him to initiate a pension scheme for artistes and he started such a scheme for them,” he said.

 

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“But, when the new government came, we stopped getting pension. When I asked Yogi Adityanath, he started a yearly Rs 25,000 pension. But, I don’t take it now,” Lal said.

On whether he will support Modi in the Lok Sabha election or if he would extend his support to any other party, he said: “It’s a political question and I am an artiste. All parties are equal for me. Whoever approaches me, I will welcome. Modi approached me in the previous election. He seemed honest, so I supported him.”

“I have not decided anything (on proposing Modi’s name again),” Lal said.

 

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Irritated over defeat Akhilesh Yadav sacks all party’s spokespersons

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Lucknow: In an unexpected development, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has sacked its panel of leaders who act as its spokespersons on television channels.

 

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In a statement issued here on Friday, party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said: “The appointment of all party panelists has been cancelled on the directives of national President Akhilesh Yadav.”

 

After unexpected defeat Akhilesh Yadav sacks party’s spokespersons:

 

He further asked the TV channels not to invite any of the panelists for debates.

 

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Apparently, the decision comes after the failure of the SP panelists to defend the poor performance of the SP-BSP alliance in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

 

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