Singer Babul Supriyo to play a different tune
From singing to politics and from Mumbai's studio recording room to the dusty roads of Asansol--it's a long journey that singer Babul Supriyo has undertaken since he decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from this constituency as one of the star candidates of the BJP.
He is pitted against CPI (M) heavyweight and sitting MP Bangsagopal Choudhury and INTTUC state president Dola Sen of Trinamool Congress from Asansol Parliamentary constituency in West Bengal.
'I didn't tell the party that I wish to contest from Asansol but when I found the name in the list, I selected it. Even those in the industry suggested that I contest the elections from there.
I think it is an interesting place. I have been there and it is not alien to me,' the 'Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara' singer says.
The 46-year-old, who started his career as a banker before becoming a playback singer, was all praise for the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying that the country needs an able leader like him.
'It is Mr Modi, whom the country needs,' Supriyo told reporters.
However, he termed BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee as the best prime minister that the country had in the last two decades. 'I have always loved Vajpayeeji. In modern era he was the best PM we had,' he says.
The singer was recently embroiled in successive controversies during electioneering as the Trinamool Congress made various complaints against him.
He surrendered before a local court and obtained bail in connection with a criminal case for blockade of National Highway 60 allegedly by him along with party workers on April 12.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Aniruddha Maity granted him bail for 14 days till May 5.
The playback singer had already been booked for six other cases, including one under the Arms Act, for allegedly intimidating AITC workers brandishing fire arms the same day--all of which he denied.
After he was granted bail, Supriyo told reporters that he had been implicated in false cases and demanded CBI enquiry into the cases.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)