Country’s first non Congress Prime Minister who completed five years in office, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had special bonding with legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.
In late nineties, Bhupen Hazarika was on the stage at the Ramlila ground in Delhi. During the cultural nite, Hazarika received a small chit with Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name written below it.
Kamal Kataki, Bhupen Hazarika’s long-time aide who played the guitar at that concert, recalls that they were about to pack up when a man came with a small piece of paper.
“On it was written Bhupenda’s popular song ‘Moi eti jajabor’ (‘I am a wanderer’) and below it was Atalji’s name,” Kakati recalled.
“On Atalji’s request, Bhupenda sang the song. Later on when we met him, he said that he was sitting in the front row waiting to hear that number,” said Kataki.
“Woh gana sunne ke liye tadap raha tha isliye ye request bheja (I was dying to hear that song, so I sent the request),” he quoted Atal Bihari Vajpayee as having told the singer.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also a poet and great lover of music.
Bhupen Hazarika joined the BJP in 2004 ahead of the general election that year. He was BJP’s candidate for prestigious Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency. The legendary singer lost the poll battle to Congress candidate Kirip Chaliha.
On the first day of his election campaign, the legendary singer told media: “I got a phone from Vajpayee Ji. He requested me to join BJP. Today I am BJP’s candidate for Guwahati constituency”.
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