Babul Supriyo’s joining the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying he is ‘quitting politics’, has drawn many political backlash. Mr Supriyo is greedy, said BJP leader Anupam Hazra, adding that the former wanted to remain a minister for life.
“It has been proved that Babul Supriyo is politically greedy. When he was dropped from the cabinet, he immediately took this decision within 1-2 months. These people do not have basic morals. Rather, they should be grateful Was that the BJP gave him a chance. To remain a minister for seven years,” Mr. Hazra said in an interview with ANI.
Former Union Minister and former BJP MP Babul Supriyo formally joined the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata on Saturday. He had recently quit the BJP after the Union Cabinet reshuffle.
Taking to social media, Mr Supriyo had announced in July that he would quit politics.
“When he was dropped from the cabinet, the kind of reaction he gave on his social media was really shocking to us. No one can remain a minister for life. He was a minister for almost seven years. reacted in such a way that it was his fundamental right to remain a minister till he is alive,” Mr. Hazra said.
“If it was anyone else, he would have been grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving him seven years to serve as a minister,” he said.
The BJP leader further said that as a minister, he was “pampered” in the party.
Mr Hazra also alleged that Mr Supriyo was waiting for an agreement with the TMC to give him the Rajya Sabha seat.
“Now that Arpita Ghosh has resigned from the post of Rajya Sabha MP, maybe Babul will enter through Rajya Sabha,” he said.
Former Union Minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined Trinamool Congress in the afternoon. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and party MP Derek O’Brien gave TMC membership to Babul.
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