KOLKATA: Two-time Asansol MP and former Union minister Babul Supriyo said on social media on Saturday that he was quitting politics.
In his Facebook post, which began with the word “Alvida”, Supriyo said he was “resigning from being an MP too (obviously)” and would hand over his official New Delhi “home” within a month. He left clear indications that his decision to quit was partly due to his removal as a Union minister and that he had broached the issue of his resignation with both Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda “several times in the last few days”. He said he wouldn’t broach the topic again with them as he didn’t want them to feel that he was trying to “bargain” for a post.
“The question is, ‘Why am I leaving politics?’ Is it linked to losing the cabinet berth? Yes, it is, even if somewhat,” he said, adding it was imperative for him to address the issue as it was “necessary and will give me peace”. He initially said he was “not joining any other party — TMC, Congress or CPM — nobody has even asked me to join them”, but later deleted the line from his post.
At one point he said “it isn’t imperative that one has to be in politics to do social work”, and at another he said he needs to “collect himself for a while”. Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said party “can’t react” in absence of a formal intimation.