The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has appointed singer Jai Bhagwan Mittal (popularly known as Rocky Mittal), a self-proclaimed ‘Narendra Modi Bhakt’, as chief adviser of Haryana Kala Parishad.
Rocky Mittal, who belongs to Kaithal district, had gained popularity in the saffron party circles by singing paeans to Modi in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, performing at his political rallies in Gujarat and some other places and distributing free compact discs (CDs) of his songs across the country.
The orders of his appointment, along with vice chairman, director and seven other members of the parishad set up to promote art and culture of Haryana, were issued on Wednesday evening. However, Rocky, who has been asked to maintain his headquarter at Multi Art Cultural Centre (MACC) at Kurukshetra, is not happy with the assignment. “I have not received any official communication, but the post is not according to my standing or the hard work I put in. If the government cannot respect my contribution, it should not insult me,” he told Hindustan Times.
Rocky, who hosted a lavish lunch for 20,000 party people in his hometown of Kaithal after the BJP’s Lok Sabha victory in 2014, said that he had produced 40 songs in praise of Modi, and produced and distributed three-lakh CDs from his own money. “The post of chief adviser of Haryana Kala Parishad was mentioned to me two months ago, but I turned it down. Still, I am told they have gone ahead and issued the order. I want to meet Modi and (BJP national president) Amit Shah before announcing my next step. I have made requests to their staff for an appointment,” he said.
Mittal, who feels he deserves more for efforts, counts songs such as “Narendra Modi Amritwani; PM Banega Narendra Modi; Dewana Modi Ka and Dabangg Hain Modi Ji” as his most popular “musical creations”. He also wrote and sang a song, “Mhara CM Ghana Shyana” on one year of the present BJP government in the state in October 2014.