West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has finally reacted to former Union minister and party leader Babul Supriyo joining the Trinamool Congress. Dilip Ghosh, who failed to drive the party to power in the Assembly polls despite a mega campaign spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that Babul Supriyo’s exit will not have any impact on the saffron party.
While campaigning for the BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal at Kolkata’s Chetla Bazar for the upcoming Bhabanipur bypoll, Ghosh said, “It was not a big blow to the party when he (Babul Supriyo) joined or when he left. Those who toil for the party and are given weightage in the party stay until they cease to be given that importance. This happens in all parties. The simple workers of BJP who are there to work for the party will stay.”
“People can be bought on the streets, those who come and go as political tourists. We also got lots of them before the elections, but TMC has not ended it,” he said.
Notably, the Asansol MP, even during the 2021 Assembly polls, had criticised the Mamata Banerjee-led party. However, he defected to the TMC on Saturday.
What Babul Supriyo said
Explaining his political move, Babul Supriyo said that he was disillusioned with the BJP and would not accept being benched. He said, “I did feel disillusioned…the seven years of hard work that I put in…not even my detractors will say that I have not fought in Bengal or I have not done good enough for the party.
The Asansol MP said, “I felt I should move on to a place, to a team where the coach would want me in the team and welcome me with open arms.”
Supriyo said, “Everything happened in the past three days”. Nobody sent him any feelers, he clarified. The Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien was the one who told him about the “exciting and challenging opportunity”, he said.
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