Weeks after he resigned from the Union cabinet ahead of the reshuffle, BJP chief Babul Supriyo Saturday announced he was quitting politics. Supriyo stated he had been having variations in opinion with sure BJP leaders forward of the West Bengal Meeting polls. The ‘infighting’ between senior leaders, he added, was inflicting hurt to the celebration. In his preliminary Facebook submit, he clarified that he had no plans on becoming a member of a rival political celebration, solely to edit out that half later.
Earlier this month, Supriyo resigned as Minister of State for Surroundings, Forest and Local weather Change within the Union Council of Ministers simply hours earlier than the cabinet reshuffle in Narendra Modi’s second term as prime minister.
Right here’s a take a look at Supriyo’s seven-year political journey
Babul Supriyo, who can also be a singer and actor, joined BJP forward of the 2014 normal elections and was nominated by the celebration as their Asansol (West Bengal) candidate. He gained the seat defeating Dola Sen of Trinamool Congress and went on to develop into the youngest of 21 ministers who had been inducted within the first cupboard enlargement in Modi’s first time period as prime minister. Serving as Union Minister of State for City Improvement; Housing and City Poverty Alleviation until 12 July 2016, he was later appointed Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
Within the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Supriyo retained his Asansol seat by defeating TMC’s Moon Moon Sen.
Within the West Bengal Meeting elections 2021, BJP pitched Supriyo as its candidate from the Tollygunj constituency, the place he misplaced to TMC’s Aroop Biswas by greater than 50,000 votes.
Forward of the Bengal Meeting elections earlier this 12 months, Supriyo courted controversy by allegedly slapping a person inside a celebration workplace in Kolkata. The video of the incident, that went viral, confirmed the singer-turned BJP chief purportedly slapping a person who had repeatedly requested him to begin severe area campaigning relatively than posing in entrance of TV cameras and giving bytes. Supriyo later claimed that he didn’t “slap him however solely gestured to take action”.
Supriyo additionally confronted a large protest from a bit of Jadavpur College college students in 2019 after he went to the institute to attend an occasion organised by RSS pupil wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Supriyo was heckled, thrashed and pushed by the protesting college students who confirmed him black flags and shouted ‘return’ slogans.
The Union minister, nonetheless, refused to depart the campus and entered right into a verbal altercation with the scholars, who had been from College students Federation of India (SFI) and the All India College students’ Affiliation (AISA). The scholars stated BJP was not welcome within the campus whereas Supriyo stated as a Union minister he had the suitable to anyplace.
“I used to be severely thrashed, my hair was pulled and I was punched and kicked. That is completely surprising from college students of Jadavpur College. If they’ve any drawback with me coming right here then they need to have debated the matter. They need to not have assaulted me. They can not cease me from going anyplace. I didn’t count on this. That is the state of the schooling system in West Bengal,” Supriyo instructed reporters.
In 2018, then Union minister sparked a row after he threatened to “break a man’s leg” throughout an occasion in West Bengal’s Asansol. The incident which was captured on digicam, mockingly, passed off when the minister was addressing an occasion for the differently-abled individuals. In a video launched by information company ANI, the minister is heard saying, “I can break one among your legs.” The BJP chief who was invited on the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir to distribute aids and assistive units to the differently-abled individuals, reportedly misplaced his cool after somebody from the gang disturbed him throughout his handle.