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Singer Babul Supriyo, BJP MP from Asansol and former Union minister, quits politics

In a long Facebook post, Supriyo said he would also be submitting his resignation as a member of the Lok Sabha.

Roushni Sarkar

Singer Babul Supriyo, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Asansol constituency in West Bengal, has announced his exit from politics.

In a long post on Facebook today, the playback singer, who was recently dropped from the Union council of ministers by prime minister Narendra Modi, said he would also resign as a member of the Lok Sabha.

In the farewell post in Bengali, Supriyo said he had realized that one does not need to be in politics to work for society.

Initially, he also said in the post that he would not be joining any other political formation, but he later edited that part out.

In the original version, he had written, in translation, “I have not been called by TMC, Congress or CPIM and neither am I joining them. I am a one team player.”

Supriyo was dumped from the Union council of ministers earlier this month after he suffered a humiliating defeat in the March-April West Bengal assembly elections, losing his contest by more than 50,000 votes.

Supriyo admitted that losing the position of Union minister was one of the reasons for his decision to exit the political arena.

“There is a lot of difference between 2014 and 2019," he wrote. "I was the only MP from BJP [from West Bengal] then. But now BJP is the primary opposition party in West Bengal. There are bright young members as well as experienced leaders in the party now. I am sure they will take the party ahead. It is evident that the absence of a single member doesn’t matter to the party any more and I believe it is better to accept that.”

Supriyo also mentioned some conflicts in ideas he had with the state BJP leaders since before the 2021 assembly election. He also announced that he would be vacating the house allotted to him in the national capital as many new ministers are yet to be allotted houses.

Supriyo ended his post with a melancholic Bengali song by the late Hemant Kumar.