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Meghalaya BJP ropes in local music icon

Shillong: Days after attacking the ruling Congress for organising concerts to woo young voters in poll-bound Meghalaya, the BJP has its own soirees lined up and roped in local music icon Lou Majaw.

Lou, a 70-year-old singer known for his Bob Dylan tribute shows and who enjoys a large following, also featured in the campaign music video of the state BJP.

“With the years of experience and followers that he has, Lou Majaw is the perfect person the party has identified for its campaigns here,” BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh said.

Lou has readily agreed to perform for the concerts the BJP has lined up at Jowai in Jaintia Hills tomorrow, in the state capital on 12 February and thereafter in Tura on 14 February, he said.

Lou admitted that he was hired by the BJP for their campaign but he has not joined politics nor the party.

“It is a fact that I have sung for the BJP. I did it because singing is an art and I am an artist,” said the singer, who had won several awards including the Bhupen Hazarika National Award.

In an attempt to connect to the young voters, the Congress had also begun its campaign with a rock concert here on 30 January which party president Rahul Gandhi attended.

Interestingly, the BJP had then attacked Rahul Gandhi for attending the party organised soiree alleging that the concert was a ploy to distract voters from real issues.

“Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya,” the party had tweeted at that time.

The Election Commission does not want to be left behind. It had roped in singer Usha Uthup to attract a maximum number of voters, especially the young and new ones, for the 27 February election for the 60-member Assembly.

PTI

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