Babul Supriyo, the BJP’s Asansol MP who was dropped as Union Minister in the recent cabinet reshuffle, today said he is quitting politics. The Bollywood singer, however, made it clear that he wasn’t moving to any other party, emphasising that he was a “one-team player”.
He announced his decision to move on in a Facebook post that began with “I’m leaving…farewell.” The post, in mostly Bengali, also included the YouTube link to a song sung by the late playback artiste Hemanta Mukherjee.
“Heard everyone’s words — father, (mother) wife, daughter, two dear friends…After hearing everything, I say that I am not going to any other party – #TMC, #Congress, #CPIM, nowhere…I am a one Team Player! Have always supported one team #MohunBagan…Have backed only BJP in West Bengal…That’s it…I am going…” he wrote.
“If you want to do social work, you can do it without being in politics…let’s organise myself a little first and then…”
Mr Supriyo also said he was quitting as MP. He joined politics — and the BJP — in 2014. With the BJP winning that year’s general election, he was made the Union Minister of State for Urban Development.
Earlier this month, he was replaced as Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. A few months ago, he lost the Tollygunj constituency by over 50,000 votes in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election.
Thanking top BJP leaders like Amit Shah and JP Nadda for “their love”, he clarified that his move wasn’t aimed at “bargaining”. “…they might think I’m ‘bargaining’ for a ‘position’…I pray they don’t misunderstand me, forgive me…” he wrote.
While he did raise the question “why did I leave politics?” Mr Supriyo didn’t give out a clear answer, only leaving tantalising hints over the reason for his removal as Union Minister.
“Does he have anything to do with the departure from the ministry? Yes there is — some must have…Don’t want to worry…so if she answers the question it will be correct — it will give me peace too,” he wrote.
In conclusion, Mr Supriyo likened his latest move to his shift in career earlier: “I did the same in 1992 while leaving the job at Standard Chartered Bank and fleeing to Mumbai, today I did the same.”