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Updated on: Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:29 PM IST

West Bengal: BJP MP Babul Supriyo quits politics, says want to focus on social work

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Kolkata: Former minister of states and BJP Asansol MP Babul Supriyo in his social media posts announced about quitting politics and BJP and also mentioned that he is not joining any other political party.

In a post shared on his Facebook, the singer-turned-politician mentioned that one of the reasons for his quitting politics is the recent decision by the Central leaders of taking away his ministerial posts.

"Had spoken with my family and closed friends and for last few days have also visited Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda over leaving politics but they somehow convinced me to carryon in BJP so this time I am just posting it on social media and not approaching them as they might feel that I am bargaining for a post which isn’t true”, further read the post.

Babul also mentioned that he will resign from his MP post soon and hinted towards dissatisfaction towards the party.

“There was a constant misunderstanding with me with the West Bengal unit of the saffron camp. There were occasions where may be I have done something wrong but won’t take anyone’s name but other senior leaders were also wrong at times,” wrote Babul also that he will continue his social work without joining any party.

He also claimed that in 2014 Lok Sabha election he was the only one who had won independently from BJP’s ticket and Ahluwalia had won with GJM ally from the Darjeeling Constituency.

Notably, during the poll campaign in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally had said that ‘Mujhe Babul Parliament mein chahiye’ (I want Babul in Parliament). Ever since then Babul had been extremely close to the central leaders and was also Minister of state in both the terms.

However, BJP West Bengal Chief Dilip Ghosh said that he is not aware of any such development and said that Babul and he are still colleagues.

Slamming Babul, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that ahead of the recently concluded Assembly polls Babul sang ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hain’ which people of West Bengal rejected and also that post poll due to infighting within the saffron camp Babul’s ministerial post was taken away.

According to BJP sources, Babul had sought time from Parliament Speaker Om Birla on Sunday to tender his resignation from the MP post.

Babul in his Facebook post had also mentioned that he will leave the house within a month he stays in Delhi for the new ministers.

Taking potshot at Babul, Kunal said that since the Parliament is still on he can resign in the House and said that Babul is staging drama just like ace Bollywood actor Dharmendra did of suicide in the film Sholay.

Congress MP and Bengal president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that though Babul is a good singer but the reason of Babul’s joining politics and then quitting is not known to him.

Meanwhile, talking to Free Press Journal the singer-turned-politician said that whatever he had to say he had written on Facebook and also refused to comment further.

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Published on: Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:29 PM IST
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