Former Union minister and BJP Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday in a Facebook post announced he has decided to quit politics. Supriyo however clarified that he is not joining any other party, adding that he has always been a “one team player”.
This comes weeks after Babul Supriyo was dropped from the Narendra Modi government in the Cabinet reshuffle and expansion earlier this month.
Explaining his decision, Babul Supriyo said he is quitting politics because he needs time for himself. He said while he joined politics to do social work, it is no longer necessary to be in politics to help people.
“I am leaving only after I have answers to all questions that I had in my heart. One can perform social work even without staying in politics. I need some time for myself,” Babul Supriyo wrote.
On whether he is quitting politics because he was removed as a Union minister, Babul Supriyo indicated it is one of the reasons.
“The question will arise why did I leave politics. Is there any link to the ministerial post that I lost? Yes there is. To some extent there is a link,” he wrote.
He added that he discussed the matter with his family and some friends and decided it is time for him to leave politics.
“After listening, understanding and feeling everything, I want to say that I am leaving. I stayed for some time. I might have kept some promises and broken some. I might have made someone happy with my work or saddened some. You all can judge that,” Babul Supriyo wrote.
Reacting to the announcement, the Trinamool Congress hit out at Babul Suriyo and termed it “drama”.
“If anyone talks of quitting politics, then he should quit as MP first. Otherwise, I will say it is all drama. After losing the ministry, he (Babul Supriyo) was cornered in the party and tried to attract the attention of Delhi by floating in the campaign due to frustration,” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said.
Soon after, Babul Supriyo edited his Facebook post and added, “And yes, I am obviously resigning from the post of MP as well.”
When asked about Babul Supriyo’s announcement, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said he was unaware of it.
“Who wants to remain in politics and who wants to quit is a personal decision. I have nothing to say. Has he resigned? He is still an MP. I am not aware of his resignation. Please ask me about other issues or else I will end the press conference,” he said.
HAD INFORMED SHAH, NADDA: BABUL SUPRIYO
Babul Supriyo said he had been repeatedly expressing his desire to quit politics to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda for the past few days.
“I am grateful to both of them that they managed to persuade me otherwise every time. I will never forget the love they have given. So, I don’t have the courage to go and tell them I am quitting, especially when I have already decided what I want to do,” he wrote.
He added that he fears the senior BJP leaders might think he is trying to bargain for a higher post if he reiterates his decision to them. “I don’t want that to happen. I pray for their forgiveness.”
‘RESPONSIBLE FOR PARTY’S INTERNAL POLITICS COMING OUT IN PUBLIC’
Recounting his political journey with the BJP, Babul Supriyo said there is difference between the BJP in West Bengal in 2014 and 2019.
“In 2014, I was the only BJP MP. But today, BJP is the main opposition party in West Bengal. There are many young and bright faces in the party. There are experienced seniors too. The party will scale new height under their leadership. I don’t regret saying that it is clear that a particular face doesn’t make any difference to the party and accepting it will be the only right choice.”
He also took responsibility for internal tussle in the Bengal BJP coming out in the public ahead of the state assembly polls.
“I was having some conflicts with the state leadership in the run-up to the election. That’s normal. But, on many occasions those incidents came out in the open. I was responsible for some of them, but other leaders were responsible too. I don’t want to speak about it. However, the conflict among senior leaders was obviously affecting party. To understand that it was not helping party workers on the ground, one doesn’t need rocket science,” he wrote.
He added, “When I left my job at Standard Chartered Bank in 1992, I did the same. I am doing it today as well. I am leaving. Yes, many things remain to be said. Maybe some other day. Bye.”