Babul Supriyo, who was dropped from the Union Authorities within the July 7 cupboard enlargement after his defeat within the West Bengal Meeting elections, had not too long ago introduced that he was quitting politics. However on Saturday, in a shock transfer, he formally joined the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the ruling occasion within the state. Speaking to The Indian The Press Reporter over telephone from Kolkata, Supriyo, who has been a staunch critic of Banerjee and the TMC, mentioned it was a fast resolution, however not one thing he would remorse. Excerpts:
So, now you’re in TMC after criticising it vehemently. How did it occur?
See, I’ve been sad and feeling unhappy – which was shared by my family and friends – that after my onerous work and good work, it occurred to me. Like many others, I really feel I’ve finished some good work as an MoS. Properly, issues turned out like this. Sure, it was an surprising transfer. I used to be stunned when my good pal Derek O’ Brien requested me if I’d be part of the TMC. I can simply say that I responded to a very good alternative. It was necessary for me.
It was completely a bolt from the blue and I used to be not anticipating it. By means of Derek, Rajya Sabha MP, it was a small dialog. I used to be taken fairly aback to know that each Mamata Didi and Abhishek (Banerjee) had a terrific alternative for me to work for my state, my motherland. I spoke to Abhishek and I spoke to Didi… To different folks it would appear like opportunism, however to me it’s a terrific alternative and I responded to it. I need to be in a group to play, I don’t waste time sitting on the bench. It’s true that I left politics, however generally, poetic justice occurs. Its an enormous alternative that got here to me and I wanted to reply to it. Due to each Mamata Didi and Abhishek that they felt I may do one thing for Bengal in a particular method. I significantly fought with them politically. However there’s quite a lot of love and heat I felt in Trinamool after they welcomed me. I’m very completely satisfied about it. I do know BJP and different events will throw brickbats, however allow them to do their political job. They’re justified in saying something unfavourable about this. I solely see a optimistic means ahead.
What’s the function you’re going to play within the TMC?
I can not say that. That’s for the occasion to announce. There’s lot of hypothesis about it, however I shouldn’t touch upon it. Will probably be clear in a couple of days.
Babul, you’re an artist.. and do you assume you’ve gotten determined impulsively?
No… Sure, it’s emotional generally. However there are choices taken immediately. You make choices in cricket and soccer about who you need to move the ball to subsequent. It doesn’t imply its an impulsive resolution. So no matter resolution I took, no matter I’ve mentioned and written about within the final two or three months, it has all come out of my coronary heart. The identical wholehearted strategy I should fulfill the obligations entrusted to me.
Do you’re feeling let down by the occasion you made the debut into politics with?
I’d not touch upon BJP. No matter occurred to me was in entrance of everybody’s eyes. I’m grateful to BJP for the chance it gave me and I’m very happy with the work I’ve finished with the BJP. However I felt there was a bottleneck someplace, so I jumped once I bought a chance.
Do you maintain somebody accountable for that bottleneck?
I actually don’t need to touch upon it. In life it’s not about what has occurred to you nevertheless it’s extra about the way you reply to it. My response might look emotional, however they aren’t so emotional. My resolution to give up politics was out of utter disillusion. I’m not backing out of something.
Whereas in each a part of the nation persons are becoming a member of BJP, in West Bengal, they’re leaving. Is there one thing improper with the state unit?
I’m nobody to remark. It’s an enormous occasion. They’ve their very own agenda and leaders. It’s for the occasion excessive command to see. I’ve my reservation for sure issues. However they’re issues of the previous now.
Do you assume you’ve gotten been recognised for the work you’ve gotten finished?
See, issues weren’t proper. In any other case why would I’ve left? Why would issues go within the route it’s now? There will need to have been one thing improper from both facet.
Now, the place might be your space of actions? In Kolkata or in Delhi?
I’ve the choice to settle each in Mumbai or Kolkata. Due to my dad and mother passing away, I’ll now should settle in Kolkata however I might be travelling to Mumbai.