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Babul Supriyo says he’s resigning as an MP & quitting politics, adds ‘infighting between senior leaders hurting BJP’

In the first post that he had put out, Babul Supriyo had clarified that he was not joining any other political party. "...#TMC, #Congress, #CPIM...not joining any of them...and no party has asked me to join either," he had written. However, Supriyo later edited his post and removed this portion.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata |
Updated: July 31, 2021 9:07:17 pm
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Bengal BJP leader and former Union minister Babul Supriyo Saturday said he is resigning as an MP and quitting politics as he wanted to focus more on social work. Supriyo said he had been having differences in opinion with certain BJP leaders ahead of the state polls. The infighting between senior leaders, he added, was also causing harm to the party.

“Goodbye. I have listened to everyone — my parents, wife, daughter and my good friends. And after listening to them I can tell you…goodbye,” Supriyo wrote on Facebook. He added, “If you want to be involved in social work, you can do it even without being involved in politics. Obviously, I will am resigning as an MP as well.”

In the first post that he had put out, Supriyo had clarified that he was not joining any other political party. “…#TMC, #Congress, #CPIM…not joining any of them…and no party has asked me to join either,” he had written. However, Supriyo later edited his post and removed this portion.

He added, “I have been in this space for a while. Have satisfied some people and also not been able to make a few others happy. There have been times when I was left dejected and disappointed. But I am leaving with you all the responsibility to evaluate all of that. After answering all the questions that I have had on my mind, I am saying in my own way — goodbye!”

Last month, Supriyo had resigned from the council of ministers ahead of the Union cabinet reshuffle. Announcing his decision in a Facebook post, he had written back then, “I am extremely happy that I go today without a spot of corruption on me, having served my constituency with all my might and having enjoyed their coincidence when Asansol voted me back as their MP once again, with triple the margin in 2019 again.”

In his Facebook post Saturday, the Asansol MP mentioned that he was in talks with Amit Shah and J P Nadda for the last couple of days over his decision to leave politics and each time, he was “inspired” by the two leaders to stay back.

“I can never forget the love they (Shah and Nadda) had for me and thus, I won’t be able to reach out to them to repeat what I have decided. More so, when I had long back decided what to do. If I keep reaching out to them, they may feel I am trying to bargain for some post…which is not true and I do not wish to raise any doubt in their mind,” Supriyo wrote.

Making it clear that his ouster as a Union minister had some role to play in his decision to quit politics, Supriyo said, “…I have no shame in admitting that any one person’s absence from the party will not affect it (BJP) and accepting that will be a wise decision.”

Talking about his differences with leaders of the West Bengal unit of BJP, he said, “…differences may crop up anytime but some of them were coming out in the open and somewhere, I was responsible for it too (I had made a Facebook post which had gone against the party lines). However, in some cases, other leaders were amply responsible but I will not go into who is to be blamed more.”

Admitting that the differences among senior leaders were affecting the prospects of BJP in West Bengal, Supriyo said, “(the differences) were not helping boost the morale of the party workers and one does not require knowledge on rocket science to understand that. I thank the electorate of Asansol for their love and with this, I bid adieu.”

Recalling one of his conversations with Baba Ramdev, Supriyo wrote, “It felt bad when I learnt that although BJP is serious about West Bengal and will fight the polls with all might but is not expecting any seats. I thought to myself that if Bengalis love Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then why will it not give BJP any seat? More so when they had already decided to have Narendra Modi as their next Prime Minister even before the polls. It was that moment when I decided to take up the challenge and despite…never feared the uncertain and always did what I felt was right.”

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