BJP’s national chief J.P. Nadda has apparently requested the party’s Asansol MP Babul Supriyo to reconsider his decision to quit politics, sources said on Sunday, even as leaders close to state party president Dilip Ghosh publicly questioned the singer-turned-politician’s commitment to the organisation.
Supriyo had taken to Facebook on Saturday to announce his decision to quit the Lok Sabha and politics.
Sources in the BJP said Union home minister Amit Shah had also spoken to Supriyo in the wake of the Asansol MP’s decision to quit politics.
The disparity between the efforts of Nadda and Shah to retain Supriyo in the BJP and the way leaders close to Ghosh reacted exposed the disconnect between the state and the central units of the party.
Nadda got in touch with Supriyo and the two met at the BJP office in New Delhi on Saturday night. According to sources, Nadda asked Supriyo to reconsider his decision and also assured him that his concerns would be taken care of.
“Babulda has a good rapport with our top leaders. Naddaji doesn’t want him to leave the BJP and hence, asked him to stay back. Babulda has also mentioned his reservations about Dilipda at the meeting,” a BJP source said. However, the source couldn’t clarify what Supriyo had told Nadda in reply to his request.
The Ghosh loyalists who attacked Supriyo hold posts in the BJP’s youth and woman fronts in Bengal.
“Dada, you had lost the game, you know why? Because you had played for money and fame. We had played for the country. And you sing for money....Hence, please leave as soon as possible,” Kaushik Ghosh, a state functionary of the Yuva Morcha, wrote on FB.
The central leadership is desperate to prevent Supriyo from quitting for yet another reason, another source in the party said.
“Both Mukul Roy and Supriyo were recruited by the central leaders. Mukulda has already quit and if Babulda also leaves, it would be a double blow to the central leadership,” this leader said.
Supriyo on Sunday hit back at Ghosh for his “uncouth comments” on Saturday regarding the former’s decision to quit politics.
In another Facebook post, Supriyo said he would not have to deal with “personalities” and “uncouth comments” (after quitting politics). He shared screenshots of two comments, each made by Ghosh and Trinamul’s state general secretary Kunal Ghosh.
Asked to react to Supriyo’s post on him, Dilip Gosh, said: “I’m a man of importance and hence a lot of people attack me. Those who don’t have any importance need to create news to remain important.”