Babul resigns as MP from Asansol
Former Union junior minister Babul Supriyo resigned as the MP from Asansol on Tuesday.
Supriyo met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla at his residence and tendered his resignation around a month after quitting the BJP to join the Trinamul Congress.
On September 20, two days after joining Trinamul, Supriyo had written to Birla seeking an appointment to formally resign as a parliamentarian. He was finally asked to meet the Speaker on Tuesday.
“I won from Asansol as a BJP candidate. To me it is unethical to remain an MP from that seat after I quit the party,” Supriyo told journalists after tendering his resignation.
Asked if he would contest from Asansol in the ensuing bypoll on a Trinamul ticket , Supriyo said: “No. This I can tell you clearly.”
In his resignation letter, the singer-turned-politician also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and added that he would remain indebted to his former party.
“It has been a very fulfilling seven years that I have spent in the Parliament and I shall always remain indebted to my now ex-party BJP and Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon’ble Shri Amit Shahji & respected Shri JP Naddaji for giving me the opportunity to serve my country,” Supriyo wrote.
Supriyo “quit politics” after being dropped as junior minister in a reshuffle in July. He had taken to Facebook to announce his decision and expressed his discontent over him being dropped as a minister. However, he had also said he wouldn’t join any other party.
On September 18, however, Supriyo joined Trinamul in Calcutta. On Tuesday, he again said that his decision to join Trinamul was a “simple” issue and there was nothing much to read into it.
“I had whole-heartedly resigned from politics. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) told me that I had done good work in public life and won for a second time…Hence I shouldn’t resign,” Supriyo said. He also added that Asansol will always hold a special place for him.