Babul Supriyo says he will strive to strike a balance between music and his new job. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, the playback singer said the PM has asked him to continue singing as it was his first love. “Music is a noble cause and I have to see it does not make me compromise on my ministerial work. A balance will have to be struck,” he said after taking charge as Minister of State for Urban Development.
On his priorities, he said he would bring imams and Hindu priests together and convince them to relocate temples and mosques built on encroached public spaces. West Bengal’s sole representative in the cabinet expansion, he was talking in the context of his home state. “I am a secular person but if a temple or mosque is built in the middle of the road, it should be relocated and roads can be widened for public use.”
He attacked the Bengal government: “ With the present Trinamool government, it is important there is a bridge between the Centre and the state government, so that it does not come up with the excuse that there is no coordination with the Centre.”
Supriyo said he is consulting his predecessors Saugata Roy (TMC) and Deepa Das Munsi (Congress).