Former BJP leader, singer Babul Supriyo joins TMC
Kolkata: Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo joined All India Trinamool Congress today, he will campaign for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur bypoll.
Mr. Supriyo recently resigned to BJP after he was dropped from Narendra Modi's cabinet; after quitting BJP, Mr. Supriyo said that he would quit politics, but he changed his plan and decided to join BJP.
"If the opportunity comes your way, you should decide, and I have decided to take this," Mr. Supriyo told reporters after taking the membership of TMC. Interestingly he was named as star campaigner of BJP for Bhabanipur bypoll, where BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal against West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee on September 30.
Following his joining to TMC, Mr. Supriyo was the fifth BJP leader, earlier four BJP MLAs joined TMC, following Banerjee’s victory in Bengal Assembly elections.
TMC senior leader Kunal Ghosh said that many more BJP leaders will join TMC in the coming days.
"Many BJP leaders are in communication with Trinamool leadership. They are not satisfied with BJP. One (Mr. Supriyo) joined today, another wants to join tomorrow. This process will go on. Wait and watch," Mr. Ghosh said, ANI reports.
Sources said that Mr. Supriyo was upset with the BJP’s decision to drop him from the Cabinet. "I'm surely sad for myself," Mr. Supriyo had tweeted on July 8, the day he resigned as Union Minister, and later deleted the post to replace with a new one that said he was "extremely happy" that he left the stint "without a spot of corruption on me."
In the presence of party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien, Supriyo joined TMC. He will campaign for Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur bypoll, which will be held on September 30.
Mr. Supriyo has criticized Mamata Banerjee after she objected to BJP's ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan; she alleged that BJP is trying to create communal disharmony in West Bengal. That time, Mr. Supriyo said that “Mamata Banerjee is experienced politician, but her behavior is abnormal and bizarre,”