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Former BJP leader Babul Supriyo joins TMC

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Guwahati: A month after declaring that he is quitting politics, former BJP MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday officially joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata.

Supriyo, in the first week of August, had said that he would continue to work constitutionally (as MP) in West Bengal’s Asansol even after quitting. 

“I will continue to work constitutionally as an MP in Asansol. Politics is beyond the constitutional post and I withdraw myself from it. I will not join any other party. I will vacate the MP bungalow in Delhi and release security personnel from their duties soon,” the MP was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On 31 July, Babul announced that he had quit politics and would also resign as MP. In a Facebook post, he said that there was a difference of opinion between him and the state BJP leaders and that the difference of opinion among senior leaders was “harming the party”.

Supriyo was a minister in the Modi government but was dropped in the reshuffle in July. The MP said that he was not contacted by TMC, Congress or CPI(M)

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