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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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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will kick off the second leg of her three-day Lok Sabha election campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Amethi on Wednesday.

She will reach Lucknow on Wednesday morning from where she will travel by road to visit her brother and party President Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi, according to party leaders.

She will go to her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli on Thursday. She will visit Faizabad, near Ayodhya, on Friday.
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During her visits, Priyanka Gandhi will meet party workers and address public gatherings.

From March 18 to 20, she undertook a 140-km-long boat ride from Prayagraj to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.

The Congress won only two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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