Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress
Kolkata, September 18, 2021
Former Union Minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday joined West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
"Today, in the presence of National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien, former Union Minister and sitting MP Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool family," the official account of the AITC said on Twitter.
On July 31, Babul, also a playback singer, declared that he had quit politics and would soon resign as the MP, too. He had cited a difference of opinion between him and the state BJP leaders, saying that it was "harming the party".
"I will continue to work constitutionally as an MP in Asansol. Politics is beyond the constitutional post and I withdraw myself from it. I will not join any other party. I will vacate the MP bungalow in Delhi and release security personnel from their duties soon," he was quoted saying.
A minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, Supriyo was dropped in a reshuffle that took place in the month of July. Post his leaving the saffron party, he had told media that if someone asks whether leaving the politics was somehow linked to losing the ministry then, he said that is true to some extent. He also added differences with the senior leadership since the assembly poll campaign as another reason.
It is yet to be seen whether Supriyo will resign from his Lok Sabha seat or leave it to the Bharatiya Janata Party to move the Speaker's office for his disqualification post the latest move.
Earlier in the day, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reduced the security cover of Babul from Z to Y category, an official ministry said.
Having joined the BJP in 2014, Babul Supriyo has been elected twice from Asansol.