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Singer and former Union minister Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress

Supriyo, a BJP member of Parliament from Asansol, had announced on 31 July his decision to quit politics.

Roushni Sarkar

More than a month after he announced his departure from politics, singer-turned-BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress in the presence of the party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien today.

On 1 August, the former Union minister had announced in a long post on Facebook that despite his decision a day earlier to quit politics and resign his membership of the Lok Sabha as the representative from Asansol in West Bengal, he would continue to be a 'team player'.

Supriyo's decision on 31 July to quit politics had come after he was dropped ignominiously from the Union council of ministers following his defeat in the West Bengal assembly slection 2021. He had also hinted at the time of some conflict with state BJP leaders.

Speaking to The Times of India, an English daily, today, he said, “I am very proud that I am changing my decision. I am coming back for a great opportunity to serve Bengal. I am very excited.”

Overwhelmed at the warm welcome he had received, Supriyo said he would be calling on Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

Though the singer-politician will have to quit now as member of Parliament, he said he would continue with his work. “Didi [Mamata Banerjee] and Abhishek have given me a great opportunity,” he said. “As I have joined the TMC, there is no point holding on to my seat in Asansol. I have come into politics because of Asansol. I will do for that constituency as much as possible.”