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Kolkata: Kumar Sanu to skip rath yatra, says not a BJP member anymore

BJP's rath yatrs, BJP rath yatra in West Bengal, Kumar Sanu, Indian Express 
BJP's rath yatrs, BJP rath yatra in West Bengal, Kumar Sanu, Indian Express  Kumar Sanu on Monday said he will not be participating. (Source: File Photo)

Days after being listed in the BJP’s line-up for its rath yatra, singer Kumar Sanu on Monday said he will not be participating as “he is not a party member”.

Sanu’s name had been forwarded to the BJP’s central leadership, along with a host of others, to take part in the rath yatra which is scheduled to begin next week

“How can the BJP have sent or announced my name if I am not even a part of the party?’’ Sanu told The Indian Express.

“There is no question of withdrawing since I am not a party member. It is true that I had joined the BJP in 2014. But that is because I wanted help with four orphanages that I run — one in Canning in West Bengal, and three others in Delhi. But since I have not received any help with these orphanages and I run them entirely with the money that I make from singing, there is no reason why I should be a part of the party. It is true that I have officially not withdrawn my membership, but since I am not an active member I assume that my membership has lapsed,’’ Sanu said.

“I am not a part of any political party and have no political affiliations whatsoever. I respect the leaders of all political parties,’’ he added.

“As far as we know, Kumar Sanu is a member of the BJP, which is why we had recommended his name for taking part in the campaign. We have sent the list already and are awaiting a confirmation from the Centre,’’said BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu.

Article source: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/kolkata-kumar-sanu-to-skip-rath-yatra-says-not-a-bjp-member-anymore-5477026/

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