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BJP MP & Former Central Minister Babul Supriyo Joins TMC

GUWAHATI, September 18: Former Union minister and BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo has joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday.

“Today, in the presence of National General Secretary @abhishekaitc and RS MP @derekobrienmp, former Union Minister and sitting MP @SuPriyoBabul joined the Trinamool family. We take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to him,” the official Twitter handle of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) tweeted.

The singer-turned-politician Supriyo was elected twice from the Asansol Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal on a BJP ticket and was a former Union minister in the Narendra Modi-led government.

In this year’s Bengal polls, he fought from the Tollygunj assembly constituency and lost to TMC leader and state cabinet minister Aroop Biswas.

Incidentally, the distance between Supryio and the saffron party leadership started growing after the former was the Council Of Ministers the Council Of Ministers removed from the Union council of ministers during the last reshuffle.

Supriyo had announced his decision to quit politics and also resign as a Lok Sabha MP on social media last month.

“When I had said two months back that I want to quit politics, I was serious about it. After getting this new opportunity, however, I decided to change my mind,” he said, adding that he is very excited about joining the TMC.

“I will work for the development of Bengal,” he said. Supriyo will also be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, he stated. “I am grateful to Abhishek Banerjee, (TMC national general secretary) and Mamata Banerjee for giving me an opportunity to work for the state. I will follow the rulebook; there is no point in holding on to the Asansol seat when I have joined the TMC,” he added.

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