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Will leave politics, quit as MP, Babul Supriyo posts on FB

May have something to do with losing ministry berth, he hints; affirms not joining any party.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: August 1, 2021 3:17:21 am
In West Bengal Assembly elections 2021, BJP pitched Babul Supriyo as its candidate from the Tollygunj constituency. (File photo)

BJP Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday posted on social media that he is quitting politics, indicating that it may have something to do with losing a berth in the Union ministry recently.

In a Facebook post written in Bangla, Supriyo stated that he is not joining any other party, and if one wants to do social work one, can do it without being affiliated to any party.

On losing ministerial berth, the singer-turned-politician wrote, “Kintu ekta proshner jabab amake diyey jete hobe, because it is pertinent. Prashno uthbe kenoi ba rajniti chhaarte gechhilam? Mantritto chole jawar satha tar ki kono samparka achhe? Haan achhe. Kichhuta toh nischoi ache (But I have to answer a question since it is pertinent. Questions will arise why I am quitting politics. Is there any link with losing ministerial berth? Yes there is. To some extent there is).”

The two-time Lok Sabha MP from Asansol in West Bengal was among those dropped the Union council of ministers in the recent reshuffle. He was formerly the Minister of State for Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change.

Supriyo stated in his post that there were differences between him and some Bengal BJP leaders even before the state elections this summer. In some cases he was at fault and in others some state party leaders were to be blamed, he wrote, adding that disagreements and differences between senior leaders had a negative effect on party workers at the ground level.

He wrote that since such differences are unwanted, he is leaving.

Asked about Supriyo’s social media post, Lok Sabha MP and West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, “He is still our party colleague and MP.”

Trinamool Congress MP and political rival Sougata Roy said, “I met him at the Central Hall (of Parliament) a few days ago. He looked sad. I would request him to stay in politics at least until 2024; he is still an MP. But it is his personal decision.”

Along with a song by Hemanta Mukherjee, Supriyo posted on Facebook: “Chollam. Alvida, Sobar kotha shunlam — Baba, ma, stree, kanya, du akjon priyo bandhibandhab. Sobtuku shune bujhe anubhab korei bolchi — onno kono dole jachchhi na. TMC, Congress, CPI(M) kothao na. Confirm korchhi keu amay dakeo ni amio jacchi na (Goodbye. I am leaving. Listened to what my father, mother wife and daughter had to say. Spoke with a friend or two. After evaluating and understanding everything (I am leaving). I am not going to any other party — TMC, Congress or CPM…nowhere. I can confirm no one called me and I am not going anywhere).”

Calling himself a “one-team player”, the BJP leader wrote, “I have always supported one team — #MohunBagan. Have done only one party — BJP West Bengal…”

Supriyo also wrote that he had approached Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda in the last few days, expressing his desire to quit politics, and the two leaders dissuaded him each time.

“I cannot forget their love, and therefore I cannot dare repeat myself before them. I have decided on what I want to do long back. If I repeat myself they may think I am bargaining for a post. Since that is untrue, I do not wish to raise any suspicion of any kind in their minds. I pray they do not misunderstand me and pardon me,” he wrote.

Supriyo also stated that there is a lot of differences between 2014 and now so far as BJP’s position in the state in concerned. In 2014, Supriyo mentioned, he was the only BJP MP from Bengal — S S Ahluwalia had won from Darjeeling with support of ally GJM — but today “BJP is the prime opposition party in Bengal. Today, the party has both young and bright as well as experienced leaders…. Under their leadership the party will go a long way…at the same time it is clear that it may not matter if a particular person stays or leaves…”

He also wrote that many new Union ministers are yet to get government accommodation in the national capital, and that he will, therefore, vacate his house within a month. “I will also not take any salary,” he wrote.

He ended by saying that in 1992 he had left left his job at a private bank and gone to Mumbai to try his hand at playback singing. “Kichhu kotha baki riye gelo; hoyto kokhono bolbo…aaaj nai ba bollam. Chollam (There was more to say. May be I will say some day. Not today…I am leaving)”

Reacting to the development, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “This highlights the circus going inside the BJP. Instead of submitting his resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker, he is posting it on social media. This is a drama after losing ministerial berth.”

CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said, “The BJP claims it can move along with all. But Babul Supriyo’s post proves that the party cannot carry along its own leaders. Supriyo is a singer and a creative person.”

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