Recently, former Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC), said about leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that Messi did not want to leave Barcelona, he left the club with a sad heart. At the same time, he also told that he has sought an appointment with the speaker on Wednesday in which he will resign from the post of Lok Sabha MP.
Babul Supriyo, who is considered to be the anti-TMC face of the BJP in West Bengal till a few months ago, talked about joining TMC in an exclusive conversation with India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai.
Till a few months back you were attacking Mamata Banerjee. In 2019 you said, ‘Bird statements are the USP of Mamta Banerjee. You can’t expect logic or constitutional things,’ Babloo Supriyo said on this question, ‘Messi did not want to leave Barcelona. He left with a sad heart, but the circumstances were such that he had to leave for PSG (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club). He also scored goals against PSG in the previous matches of the Champions League. Now that he is playing for PSG, do you expect him to be at Barcelona’s Nou Camp (home ground) and not score a goal against Barcelona?’
‘Great opportunity from rivals’
On not mixing football and politics, Supriyo said, “I don’t want my seven years in parliamentary politics to be wasted. I got a great opportunity from my rivals, which I did not expect. All this happened in the last five days. He said that the ideology of all the parties is working for the people.
When AAP’s car was attacked, you blamed TMC and Mamata Banerjee, what happened to all these statements of AAP, Supriyo said that it was done by the left.
When asked what happened to being seen as an anti-TMC face in Bengal?, Supriyo said if I was seen as an anti-TMC face in Bengal, why was it not respected? You need to ask this to my previous boss.
“I am very grateful to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah, (BJP President JP) JP Nadda for giving me a platform in BJP and letting me learn so much parliamentary politics in the last seven years. ‘
Left the party after not being made a minister?
He also said, ‘In 2014, I took it as a challenge as a Bengali and I asked to put my name in the list. I asked BJP to put my name in the list and I will get you a seat. I did it in 2014 and again in 2019, but if you are editor of a particular newspaper, would you like to be made a copywriter?’
People say that you did not give up love for Mamata Banerjee or TMC, but BJP did it by ousting you from the cabinet, Babul Supriyo said that who gets where it is the prerogative of the party, PM and organization, but if I If I feel that I am not needed or I am not getting the opportunity then I am not going to take my salary and will not do anything. He said, ‘I had left politics with all my heart and today I am back because I got a good opportunity, I can use whatever experiences I have gathered there.’
On the question of what Mamata Banerjee is giving you, the former Union Minister said, ‘I am not entitled or authorized to speak anything, it is the prerogative of the party chief. I am a workaholic. He said, I have already asked for speaker for meeting tomorrow (for MP seat) with honorable speaker, if I get it tomorrow, I will resign tomorrow (as Asansol MP).’
Why were you removed from the cabinet?
If you did such a good job, why did the Modi government remove you from the cabinet? On the question of Babul Supriyo said, ‘It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. I respect him. Now BJP will have to respect the decision taken by me.
In an exclusive conversation with India Today, Babul Supriyo was asked to describe his situation in a song, he said, ‘Yeh duniya wale poochenge, meet hui kya baat hui, ye baat kisi se na kehne, ye duniya wale poochenge (People Will ask, what happened in the meeting, but don’t tell this to anyone, people will keep asking the same thing).’
Earlier, Asansol MP and former Union Minister Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) last week. Some time ago he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party and announced his retirement from active politics.
Many party leaders took a dig at Supriyo’s separation from the BJP. Dilip Ghosh, who was the BJP state president in Bengal until recently, had said, “When he (Babul Supriyo) joined or when he left, it was not a big blow to the party.”