'Political Tourist': BJP's Bengal Chief Takes a Swipe at Party Leader Who Joined Opposition Party
10:21 GMT 19.09.2021 (Updated: 11:42 GMT 10.12.2022)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has recently lost a slew of senior members to the Mamata Banerjee-led opposition All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), the latest being the Asansol Member of Parliament, Babul Supriyo.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has taken a swipe at former federal minister Babul Supriyo, calling him a "political tourist" after the party suffered another setback in the state as the popular singer joined the TMC on Saturday, only two months after leaving the BJP.
"It was not a big blow to the party when [Babul Supriyo] joined or when he left. Those who toil for the party in return for prestige in the party stay until they cease to feel so important. This happens in all parties. The simple workers of BJP who are there to work for the party will stay," Ghosh said while campaigning for the upcoming Bhabanipur bypoll in state capital Kolkata.
"People can be bought on the streets, those who come and go as political tourists. We also got lots of them before the elections, but TMC has not ended it," he added.
Supriyo was the junior environment minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet until two months ago, and had vowed not to join any other party after he decided to "quit politics" after BJP's top leadership asked him to resign from his post.
However, he has now joined the team of West Bengal state chief, Mamata Banerjee who is mounting a serious challenge to Modi's bid to become a three-term Indian PM.
Banerjee's TMC swept to victory in the state polls in May, winning a spectacular 213 seats and inflicting a heavy defeat on the BJP, which could only muster 77 assembly constituencies despite a massive campaign by Modi and the party's other top leaders, including party president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah.