Kolkata: Looking for to fan the Bengali satisfaction, former union minister Babul Supriyo who was nominated as TMC’s candidate for Ballygunge meeting by-election, on Monday questioned why a Bengali was by no means made a union cupboard minister in the course of the eight years of the BJP authorities on the Centre.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had on Sunday named Babul Supriyo as nominee for the by-election to Ballygunge meeting seat and Shatrughan Sinha because the social gathering’s candidate for the by-poll to Asansol parliamentary seat.
The Asansol seat was vacated by Supriyo, who had give up the saffron social gathering final yr and joined the TMC.
The Ballygunge meeting seat fell vacant following the demise of Bengal minister Subrata Mukherjee in November 2021.
“Within the final eight years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah by no means felt a Bengali could possibly be made a cupboard minister. Do they assume a Bengali doesn’t should be a cupboard minister? The events of north India have at all times uncared for Bengalis. I left the BJP as a result of I used to be eliminated as minister from the union minister. I need to thank Mamata Banerjee for permitting me to serve the individuals,” he mentioned.
Supriyo, the previous two-time BJP MP, had joined TMC final yr simply months after he was dropped as a minister following a union ministry reshuffle.
When requested to touch upon the contradictions in TMC’s ‘insider-outsider’ ballot plank in view of it nominating Sinha for the Asansol seat, Supriyo mentioned there’s none because the famed actor is a widely known identify throughout the nation.
“There’s neither contradiction nor confusion as BJP leaders from different states, who had no love for Bengal or its tradition got here to the state with a sole intention of successful within the ballot. However within the case of Shatrughan Sinha, this isn’t the case,” he mentioned.
Popularly referred to as `Shotgun’ by his followers for his easy dialogue deliveries and speeches, Sinha rejected the “outsider” tag his rivals gave him, asserting that he was “no much less a Bengali than every other Bengali”.
The feedback got here amid protests by the opposition BJP which questioned why TMC nominated an “outsider” (Sinha hails from Bihar) for the Lok Sabha by-poll when it had gained the meeting ballot in 2021 on the ballot plank of `Bangaliana’ (Bengali mores and cultural values).
Reacting to Supriyo’s remark, BJP nationwide vice-president Dilip Ghosh mentioned the TMC ought to come clear on its ballot plank of Bengali satisfaction.
“Babul Supriyo is saying quite a lot of issues now. However why did not he say something when he was in BJP? TMC ought to come out clear on its narrative of insider-outsider. When BJP leaders got here to Bengal, they grew to become an outsider and when the TMC brings leaders from different states, they turn out to be Bengalis. It is a laughable principle,” he mentioned.
The ‘insider-outsider’ debate in West Bengal gained power earlier than the state election in 2021, with ruling TMC embracing Bengali sub-nationalism as its essential ballot plank to counter the rise of the BJP’s Hindutva narrative within the state and branding the saffron social gathering as a “social gathering of outsiders”.
TMC had then fanned the Bengali satisfaction by developing with a ballot slogan, “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chai” (Bengal needs its personal daughter that means Banerjee) and making a ballot narrative of sub-nationalism to counter BJP’s identification politics.
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