Asansol MP and former Union minister Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday.
“Today, in the presence of National General Secretary @abhishekaitc and RS MP @derekobrienmp, former Union Minister and sitting MP @SuPriyoBabul joined the Trinamool family. We take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to him!,” the official Twitter handle of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) tweeted.
Supriyo had announced his decision to quit politics and also resign as a Lok Sabha MP on social media last month.
“When I had said two months back that I want to quit politics, I was serious about it. After getting this new opportunity, however, I decided to change my mind…I will work for the development of Bengal,” he said.
He went on to say: “I am grateful to Abhishek Banerjee and Mamata Banerjee for giving me an opportunity to work for the state. I will follow the rulebook; there is no point in holding on to the Asansol seat when I have joined the TMC.”
The singer-turned-politician was elected twice from the Asansol Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal on a BJP ticket and was a former Union minister in the Narendra Modi government.
During 2019 Bengal Assembly elections, Supriyo fought from the Tollygunj assembly constituency and lost to TMC leader and state cabinet minister Aroop Biswas.