Babul Supriyo targets PM Modi, says he ‘does not have faith in Bengalis’

Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday targeted PM Modi for the first time after switching to TMC from BJP, saying that the latter “does not have faith in Bengalis.

 

Days after joining the Trinamool Congress, former Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time after switching his loyalties from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Babul Supriyo alleged that PM Modi “does not have faith in Bengalis” and that he had not managed to find a harmonious relationship with the people of Bengal.

“During my stint of seven-eight years in Delhi, I have come to know that the prime minister either does not have faith in Bengalis or is not able to establish harmony somewhere,” Babul Supriyo, who reached Howrah from Delhi, said.

He said, “Why only me? There are even senior people than me. [Sunderjit Singh] Ahluwaliaji came from the Congresshe is a senior leaderor, those people who are winning from Bengal and going there are not being trustedthere is a lack of harmony somewhere.”

“So, I have come here to serve the people of Bengal to work under the leadership of Didi [West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee],” Babul Supriyo said.

This is the first time that Babul Supriyo targeted PM Modi. After he joined the TMC, he was asked for a comment on the leadership styles of PM Modi and CM Banerjee but he refused to make a comment about the prime minister.

Babul Supriyo had joined the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He then said that PM Modi inspired him to join politics. He was made a Union minister in the Narendra Modi government.

Babul Supriyo retained his position in the PM Modi’s Council of Ministers till July-2021 reshuffle. Three weeks after being from the Council of Ministers, Babul Supriyo announced retirement from politics.

In another three weeks’ time, Babul Supriyo was a TMC member, having joined the party in the presence of powerful party leader Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien. He was still a Lok Sabha MP from Asansol when he joined the TMC, but Babul Supriyo said he would resign from the lower house of Parliament.

Babul Supriyo was in Howrah to relocate from Delhi to West Bengal. He vacated his government-allotted residence in Delhi to shift with his family to West Bengal. He reached Howrah by Delhi-Howrah special train. Babul Supriyo said he had decided a long time ago that he would leave the government accommodation.

 

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