Tourism and IT Minister Babul Supriyo has taken a dig at the ruling BJP at the Centre and said that his second innings with the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government will be much brighter than the one he had as a central minister in the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. Supriyo, who had resigned from the BJP last year, thanked Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for giving him her support.
Born in West Bengal’s Uttarpara as Supriya Baral in 1970, he changed his name to Babul Supriyo while trying his luck as a Bollywood singer after quitting his banking job.
After a successful stint as a Hindi playback singer, Mr Supriyo entered politics in 2014, getting a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections for the BJP from West Bengal on Ramdev’s recommendation.
After Babul Supriyo took oath as the West Bengal cabinet minister on Wednesday, he targeted the BJP for not picking any Bengali as a cabinet minister in eight years.
“My entire family was heartbroken. It was a ‘Biswasgath’ to the Bengali people. Why can a Bengali not be a cabinet minister in Delhi? I don’t need any acknowledgement. I have been elected from Asansol twice,” Supriyo said.
Supriyo further added, “You have a ministry which is running for eight years. You have 18 MPs elected from Bengal. Why do you think Bengalis are so incapable that you cannot have a full-time minister from Bengal? “
“Responsibly has been given to me by Didi. I touched her feet today. My second innings will be brighter than the first innings,” Supriyo said.