After two days of hard politicking, the BJP conclave in Indore struck a different chord with an evening of music and gaiety.
Taking the stage on Thursday, party president Nitin Gadkari showed his fun side by singing the pensive ‘Zindagi kaisi hai paheli hai, kabhi ye hansaye, kabhi ye rulaaye’ from the Rajesh Khanna-starrer Anand.
As the audience cheered him on, many joked in hushed tones that this was Gadkari’s way of conveying how life can swing unexpectedly — like it did for him, with a little help from his well-wishers in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Next to take the mike was MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who sang a tune from another Rajesh Khanna-starrer, Safar. The song — ‘Nadia chale, chale re dhara’ — was all about endurance and commitment.
The evening was planned for Bollywood singer Suresh Wadkar but it was the political performers who stole the show.
Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya — the man credited with organising the conclave — let the good times roll by singing Chaudhawin Ka Chaand.
Among those seen clapping loudly was senior BJP leader LK Advani.