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BJP’s Babul Supriyo Joins TMC Month After Announcing Exit From Politics

The Trinamool Congress welcomed Supriyo in the party fold saying, "We take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to him!"

New Delhi: BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday in a surprising turn of events. Former Union minister Supriyo joined the TMC in the presence of senior party leader Derek O’Brien and MP Abhishek Banerjee.

Sharing the news from their official Twitter handle, the TMC wrote: “Today, in the presence of National General Secretary @abhishekaitc and RS MP @derekobrienmp, former Union Minister and sitting MP @SuPriyoBabul joined the Trinamool family.”

The Trinamool Congress welcomed Supriyo in the party fold saying, “We take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to him!”

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“It is an opportunity I have taken with all my heart. My decision to leave politics was wrong and an emotional decision,” said Babul Supriyo after switching parties.

“My decision was not a drama, I was completely out of politics. But the opportunity I got was huge. TMC has put up a huge opportunity in front of me,” he added.

Supriyo had declared his exit from politics in August after he was dropped as minister. The MP announced his resignation in a Facebook post in which he said that he was not going to join any other political party but was leaving politics altogether.

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In the Facebook post, he said, “I’m going. I kept waiting for some time… I might have made someone happy with my work, may have disappointed others… After analysing all the questions that arose in my mind I’m saying that I’m going”.

“If someone asks whether leaving politics is somehow connected to losing ministry. Yes then it is true to some extent… Also had differences with the state leadership since the assembly poll campaign,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, TMC State General Secretary Kinal Ghost today revealed that many BJP leaders are currently in communication with the TMC leadership. He also said, “They are not satisfied with BJP. One (Babul Supriyo) joined today, another wants to join tomorrow. This process will go on. Wait and watch.”