GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - Ahead of the forthcoming assembly elections, artistes today flocked to join the two major political outfits, the BJP and Congress. Many of the artistes were those associated with the anti-CAA protests in December last. Those who joined the saffron brigade said they were always attracted by the party�s ideology.
Around 27 artistes, including Simanta Shekhar, who had rendered the party�s state theme song during the Lok Sabha elections �akou ebar Modi sarkar� and flautist Deepak Sharma joined the BJP at a programme in presence of State unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass. The others who joined the party were Pranjana Dutta, Reba Phukan, Pal Phukan and Pankaj Ingty.
Welcoming the new entrants, Dass urged them not to compromise on their respective fields of art while serving the party and the people.
�More and more people are being attracted to the ideals of the BJP and so are coming to the party fold,� he said.
Popular artistes Babu Barua, Nekibul Hussain and Ajoy Phukan along with 39 others joined the Congress at a function organized in the city in presence of State unit chief Ripun Bora. The trio expressed their keenness to contest the forthcoming polls. Babu will seek the ticket from East Guwahati constituency.
Other prominent names who joined the Congress were Chandan Kakoty and Rishi Barua. During the function, the artistes performed an anti-CAA rendition.
The artistes who joined the Congress said their stance against the CAA has not changed.