Former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Babul Supriyo formally joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata on Saturday.
Supriyo, an MP from Asansol constituency in West Bengal, quit BJP after he was upset at being dropped from the Union Council of Ministers in the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, the two-term lawmaker announced that he will resign as MP and quit politics.
“I'm very proud that I am changing my decision. I’m coming back for a great opportunity to serve Bengal. I am very excited. I will meet Didi (CM Mamata Banerjee) on Monday. I’m overwhelmed by the warm welcome,” Supriyo said after joining the TMC.
“I meant it from my heart when I said I’ll leave politics. However, I felt there was a huge opportunity that was entrusted upon me (on joining TMC). All my friends said my decision to leave politics was wrong and emotional,” he added.
Supriyo also hinted that he will resign as Asansol MP, but will keep working for the constituency.
“Didi and Abhishek have given me a great opportunity. As I have joined TMC, there is no point in holding on to my seat in Asansol. I've come into politics because of Asansol. I will do for that constituency as much as possible,” he said.
Senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha said, “He ( Babul Supriyo) joined the BJP with a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections and was given a ministerial berth after winning.”
TMC leader Kunal Ghosh said, “Many BJP leaders are in communication with our leadership. They are not satisfied with the BJP. One (Babul Supriyo) has joined today, another wants to join tomorrow. This process will go on. Wait and watch.”
Babul Supriyo joined the BJP in 2014 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and got elected from West Bengal’s Asansol constituency. He won again from Asansol in 2019.