New Delhi: Babul Supriyo, who joined the Trinamool Congress three days ago, said he left BJP because he was not given an active role to play and he did not like being benched. In an exclusive interview with Aditi Ananthanarayanan of India Ahead, Supriyo said, “I love responsibilities, challenges and want to work, and that is what brought me back. My leaving politics was as whole-hearted as my coming back is.”
“I cannot draw salaries from public money and sit on the bench doing nothing,” he said.
On BJP members lashing out against him, he said, “BJP is saying a lot of things but there are no hard feelings as long as they use the correct language. The coach should respect my decision like I respected theirs. I haven’t created history by shifting sides.”
“I am happy with the affection, love and trust Mamata Didi has shown when I met her yesterday,” Supriyo added.
Supriyo was inducted in the Narendra Modi Cabinet in 2014 and 2019, but he was later dropped during a rejig this year. He had then announced his exit from active politics. However, the former Union minister joined the TMC on September 18.
Speaking to India Ahead, Supriyo thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda for giving him the opportunities in the past.
“I am feeling confident about my move. I hope I will be able to work for West Bengal in the coming days,” he said.
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.