Supriyo additionally mentioned he has nothing to show to anyone, and he has been concerned in politics from the grassroots degree since changing into an MP in 2014 on a BJP ticket from Asansol in West Bengal.
“Life has opened a new avenue for me from the prospect of being retired hurt from public life… I received a lot of support from a party (TMC) with which I had a very tumultuous relationship,” Supriyo mentioned, addressing a press convention on the Trinamool Congress headquarters right here.
“Being retired hurt was the feeling when I had wished to leave politics. But, I changed my decision in the last four days… I thank Mamata didi (CM Mamata Banerjee) and Abhishek (Banerjee) for giving me a big opportunity. It was completely unexpected,” he mentioned.
Blowing cold and warm for a number of weeks after being dropped from the Narendra Modi authorities, the BJP MP sprang a shock on Saturday when he joined the TMC and asserted he’ll work for the event of the state.
Supriyo, a two-term MP from Asansol, had earlier declared he’ll stop politics, earlier than being persuaded by the BJP management to proceed as a Lok Sabha member.
He will meet TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, senior get together chief and MP Saugata Roy mentioned.
The singer-turned-politician mentioned he’ll go away for Delhi early subsequent week to tender his resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker as MP from Asansol.
On his prospects within the TMC, Supriyo mentioned Banerjee will take a name about his future position within the get together.
Asked if the CM might develop into the consensus opposition candidate for the prime minister’s put up in 2024, he mentioned, “Won’t you agree she is the most popular personality in the country?”
Commenting on the 2015 controversy that erupted after he shared ‘jhalmuri’ – a preferred Bengali snack fabricated from puffed rice – with Banerjee on option to Raj Bhavan in a automotive after a programme, Supriyo mentioned he had mentioned with the chief minister some vital initiatives in his constituency.
“As I used to be ready for my automotive after a programme of the prime minister, Didi noticed me whereas she was leaving and provided a elevate. I agreed as I needed to speak about key initiatives in my constituency. And, when she provided me jhalmuri, I accepted the delicacy. Where is the hurt in it?” he mentioned.
Admitting his displeasure at being dropped from the Union authorities throughout its long-awaited reshuffle in July, he mentioned, “I always prefer to be in the playing XI.”
The reshuffle had come shut on the heels of Supriyo’s defeat to TMC candidate Aroop Biswas within the Tollygunge constituency within the March-April meeting polls.
Supriyo additionally sought to downplay criticism by Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and different BJP leaders for his choice to cross over to the TMC, saying they’ve the best to make remarks.
“I had respected his (Adhikari) decision when he had left the TMC to join the BJP. Similarly, if I leave the BJP to be a part of the ruling party, he should respect my decision,” the previous Union minister mentioned.
He, nevertheless, sounded important of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, and mentioned he would purchase the senior saffron get together chief a replica of ‘Barna Porichoy’ to be taught the fundamentals of the Bengali language.
Asked in regards to the memes and trolls focused at him since his announcement of becoming a member of the TMC, Supriyo mentioned, “Those who’re making snide feedback towards me, let me say it’s honest sufficient. All is honest in love and warfare.
“Whatever I had posted in social media in the past was made in love. And, I think there can be rivals but not enemies. I am thinking about today and tomorrow, not about anything in the past.”
To one other query, Supriyo mentioned he wouldn’t wish to face the embarrassment of campaigning towards BJP candidate for the Bhabanipur bypoll Priyanka Tibrewal, “who’s a fighter and helped me in authorized issues”.
Tibrewal is pitted towards Banerjee in Bhabanipur, which is able to go to polls on September 30.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh described Supriyo as a “political tourist” and claimed the previous Union minister is just like the flitting autumn cloud.
“The BJP has not suffered by the desertion. The BJP is the largest party in the country. People come and go,” Ghosh instructed reporters.
He mentioned Supriyo has obtained the whole lot from the BJP, changing into an MP and a Union minister quickly after becoming a member of the get together.