Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo joined Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress today, two months after he was asked to resign as junior minister in the Environment Ministry and a month after saying he won’t join any other party and would quit politics. Later, he amended his plans and said he would remain a Member of Parliament.
“If opportunity comes your way, you should decide, and I have decided to take this,” Mr Supriyo told reporters today after joining the Trinamool.
Mr Supriyo is the fifth BJP leader – the four others were BJP MLAs – to join Trinamool Congress after Ms Banerjee’s party won the assembly election in May and retained power. Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh today said more BJP leaders are in talks to join the party. “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 reported.
Mr Supriyo was seen to be upset after he was made to quit as Union Minister in the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who refreshed the cabinet by appointing 43 new names in July.
“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 photos tweeted by the Trinamool today, Mr Supriyo, flanked by party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O’Brien, wearing a scarf adorned with the party’s election symbol is seen smiling and shaking hands with Mr Banerjee.
This camaraderie on social media is in stark contrast to turbulent times between Mr Supriyo and Ms Banerjee during campaigning for the assembly election.