Babul Supriyo, A Former Union Minister, Has Joined Mamata's Team

In July, Babul Supriyo was asked to quit as a junior minister in the Ministry of Environment.

Babul Supriyo, A Former Union Minister, Has Joined Mamata's Team
Babul Supriyo, A Former Union Minister, Has Joined Mamata's Team

Babul Supriyo, a former Union Minister, has joined Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, two months after being asked to resign as a junior minister in the Environment Ministry and a month after declaring that he would not join any other party and would leave politics. Later, he changed his mind and stated that he will continue to serve in Parliament.

"If opportunity comes your way, you should decide, and I have decided to take this," Mr Supriyo told reporters today. He was listed as the BJP's star campaigner for the Bhabanipur poll, where the BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal will contest against Ms Banerjee on September 30.

Mr Supriyo is the fifth BJP leader to join the Trinamool Congress after Ms Banerjee's party won the assembly election in May and held power. The other four were BJP MLAs. More BJP leaders are in talks to join the party, according to Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh. "Many BJP leaders are in contact with the Trinamool Congress leadership. They are dissatisfied with the BJP's performance. One (Mr Supriyo) joined today, and another (Mr Supriyo) plans to join tomorrow. This procedure will continue. Wait and see, "According to the news agency, Mr Ghosh stated. Mr Supriyo appeared to be furious after being forced to resign as a Union Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which refreshed the cabinet by introducing 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 and before that.

Mr Supriyo slammed the Chief Minister in June 2019 after she objected to BJP supporters yelling "Jai Shri Ram" over what she believed was the BJP's attempt to "create disturbance in West Bengal by mixing religion and politics." "She is a seasoned politician, but her behaviour is strange and bizarre," claimed a former junior Environment Minister. 

101Comments Mr Supriyo made a dig at Ms Banerjee in February this year, three months before the West Bengal assembly poll, over the Trinamool's election slogan, "Bengal wants its daughter." "Yes, we will send her off this time," Mr Supriyo tweeted. Though Ms Banerjee lost the election from Nandigram, her party performed well and stopped the BJP's march in Bengal.