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Ousted from new Modi cabinet BJP’s Babul Supriyo quits Politics

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: BJP’s Asansol MP, Babul Supriyo, who was removed as Union Minister in the recent Modi cabinet reshuffle, on Saturday announced to quit politics for social work, alleging that “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.

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The Bollywood singer, however, made it clear he was not moving to any other party, emphasising 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 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.

He was replaced earlier this month as Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. A few months ago, he lost in the West Bengal Assembly election from the Tollygunj constituency in Kolkata by over 50,000 votes.

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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.

Mr Supriyo himself raised the question — “why did I leave politics?” and answered it writing, “Did the loss of ministry have something to do with my resignation? Yes, certainly, to some degree. I don’t want to betray anyone but it will give me peace of mind to explain.”

And he went on to write that when he became BJP MP, he was the only one. Today, though, the BJP had become the main opposition party in West Bengal and that there were many new young Turks in the party.

“Today, it doesn’t matter if a particular personality is in the party or not. That has become clear and it is the correct thing to accept that. I strongly believe that,” he said.

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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.”

“Before the elections, I had some differences of opinion with the state leadership — that can always happen but some of the issues became public,” he wrote about the state election that he lost.

Accepting partial responsibility for the loss, he said some other leaders were “very responsible for it”, without stating who had a bigger role to play in the defeat.

“The differences of opinion between senior leaders certainly caused problems in the party. It affected the workers on ‘ground zero’ and did not help the situation. To understand this, you don’t need to know rocket science. I thank the people of Asansol and step aside,” he wrote.

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