After posting a series of cryptic social media posts and setting off speculation about his possible retirement from politics, Babul Supriyo singer-turned-politician on Saturday confirmed he was quitting and said ‘goodbye’ on social media platform Facebook.
“Alvida. Am not going to any other party – TMC, Congress, CPIM, nowhere. I am confirming that nobody has called me. I am going nowhere. I am a one-team player! Have always supported one team #MohunBagan – Have been with only one party – BJP West Bengal. That’s it!!
I have stayed for too long… I have helped somebody, have disappointed somebody,” his post read.
The two-time member of Parliament was among the 12 ministers who were dropped from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on July 7 as part of a rejig. His fate was sealed when he lost to the Trinamool Congress’s Aroop Biswas in the April-May West Bengal assembly elections.
In the first term of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government, Supriyo served as a minister of state for urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation from November 2014 to July 2016, and minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises from July 2016 to May 2019. He also served as minister of state for environment.
The Asansol MP has also had a difficult relationship with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh. When asked about Supriyo’s decision, Ghosh replied, “I don’t check out anyone’s Facebook, Twitter profile. If someone’s leaving the party, it’s their personal decision.”