BJP turncoat Babul Supriyo has said he wants TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee to become the prime minister in 2024, asserting that she is among the frontrunners for the top post in the 2024 general elections. Notably, Babul Supriyo’s statement comes within days of joining the TMC.
Babul Supriyo said, “I want the captain of our party, Mamata Banerjee, to become the Prime Minister in 2024. Opposition plays an important role in a democratic system. Nobody can deny the fact that Mamata Banerjee is among the top frontrunners for the prime ministerial post.”
The Asansol MP had earlier announced that he would quit politics after he was benched by the BJP during the last Cabinet reshuffle in July. On Saturday, he joined the Trinamool Congress, a party led by Mamata Banerjee that registered a thumping victory against the BJP in the West Bengal Assembly election.
Babul Supriyo said there was resentment among old BJP leaders. “I have not created any history by changing the party. A horde of leaders joined BJP from other parties before the West Bengal Assembly polls. There is resentment among the old leaders. BJP should ask them about their resentments,” the singer-turned-politician said.
Recently, TMC’s mouthpiece ‘Jaago Bangla’ stated that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had failed to become an alternative face to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the potential alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Lok Sabha election.
‘Babul Supriyo’s exit won’t affect BJP’
Yesterday, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh finally reacted to 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.
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