In a significant hit to the Bharatiya Janata Party, previous Union priest Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday in Kolkata.
“Today, within the sight of National General Secretary @abhishekaitc and RS MP @derekobrienmp, previous Union Minister and sitting MP @SuPriyoBabul joined the Trinamool family. We make a move to stretch out an extremely warm greeting to him!” the TMC tweeted.
On July 31, Supriyo had said that he was stopping governmental issues and would before long leave the Lok Sabha. The declaration had come a long time after the 50-year-old was dropped from the Narendra Modi-drove Cabinet.
In a similar post, he likewise precluded joining some other ideological group — TMC, Congress or the CPI(M). He, be that as it may, later altered the post to eliminate this part.
He chose not to leave his MP’s post on the solicitation of top BJP pioneers. As of late, the BJP had named him as one of their 20 star campaigners against Mamata Banerjee in the impending Bhawanipore bye-races.
“On Saturday, he went toward the south-Kolkata office of boss priest Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and joined the party,” said a senior TMC pioneer.
Supriyo, a double cross MP from Asansol who was the Union priest of state for climate was dropped from the Cabinet in a significant reshuffle on July 7. Prior he had challenged the West Bengal get together decisions however was crushed by heavyweight TMC pioneer and state serve Arup Biswas from Tollygunge.
“He got the BJP along side a pass to challenge the Lok Sabha decisions and was given a clerical compartment within the wake of winning. Since his ecclesiastical billet is gone he is joining the TMC regardless of the reality he had said in his post that he is leaving legislative issues and will not join any party. I don’t think this is straightforwardness and uncovers a decent side. This could be a hit to his believability,” said Rahul Sinha, senior BJP pioneer.
It was on May 4, 2014 in front of the 2014 Lok Sabha surveys that Narendra Modi during a political race rally at Asansol in West Bengal’s West Burdwan area had said: “I need Babul in Parliament”.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, head of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha said: “There are proficient stars who joined BJP to acquire something. He was made the pastor. Some other time when he was dropped he joined the TMC. Mamata is consistently prepared to acknowledge such pioneers.”
This comes only three days after Trinamool Congress MP Arpita Ghosh left the Rajya Sabha leaving the post empty.
“I don’t figure it might be a serious oranisational hit to the BJP as Supriyo wasn’t given any such portfolio to strengthen the party. However, this certainly would be a hit to the party taking everything into account. With in a steady progression pioneer stopping the party, a message is going out that not just has the BJP lost the get together surveys, the party may not keep on leftover a solid resistance,” said Biswanath Chakraborty, political pundit.