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Life beyond Bengal’s politics

One, a first-time Trinamul MP and a star. The other, a first-time BJP MP and a singer. Dev (left) and Babul Supriyo displayed a rare moment of camaraderie in the cut-throat world of Bengal politics. The occasion? The 10th edition of the ABP Ananda Sera Bangali Awards on Sunday evening, where the two gave away an award each.

“Babul Supriyo and I go back a long way. We have a life beyond politics and in that life we’re friends. We don’t look at politics in such a bhaari bharkam (grim and grave) manner. The way we conduct ourselves in our social life shouldn’t be governed by our political inclinations,” said Dev, the MP from Ghatal, when asked about hugging a political rival on a public platform.

The MP from Asansol echoed the friends-over-foes line. “Dev and I are very good friends. I’m sure that he’s never going to join the BJP and I will never join Trinamul but both on and off the field we’re friends,” said Babul.

Among others at the awards ceremony, the spotlight was on former state election commission boss Mira Pande who was given the Sera Bangali Award (Public Life) for having displayed a rare commodity among Bengalis today: a backbone!