Kolkata: Taking a dig at the ruling BJP at the Centre, West Bengal’s new tourism and knowledge know-how minister Babul Supriyo mentioned his second innings with the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC authorities would be a lot brighter than the one he had as a central minister in the Narendra Modi-led NDA authorities. Supriyo, who resigned from the BJP final 12 months, thanked Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for supporting him.
“I really have no idea about this coincidence (August 3). Yes, life has definitely come full circle. It was last year in August when I left (BJP), and today I am being sworn in as a minister of the West Bengal government,” he mentioned on Wednesday.
Supriyo is one among the eight new faces in the Mamata Banerjee cupboard, which was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. “It is a poetic justice that has come through the hand of Didi (Banerjee). Because I left politics, and it was she who encouraged me, inspired me and nominated me as a candidate for the Ballygunge constituency and then the entire party supported me,” mentioned Supriyo.
Sometime after he was kicked out of the Union Cabinet in a reshuffle final 12 months, Supriyo introduced his exit from politics however was later persuaded to resign as a Lok Sabha member. However, the singer-turned-politician joined TMC in September.
“I will work hard for the development of the people of West Bengal. I will give whatever I have learned from my past experiences as a central minister and make my second innings brighter,” he mentioned
Supriyo, who received the Asansol Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 polls by an enormous margin of 1.97 lakh votes, questioned why a Bengali MP shouldn’t be made a full-time Union minister despite the fact that he gave every little thing to the get together. He was a Union Minister of State.
“I may have made a few mistakes but I have given my all (as the central minister) since 2014. I believe I have been treated badly. Why can’t anyone from West Bengal be a full-time Union minister? I didn’t take it lying down,” he mentioned.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday carried out a significant reshuffle of her cupboard, dropping 4 ministers as 9 individuals, together with former BJP central minister Babul Supriyo, had been sworn in.
Banerjee modified the portfolios of virtually half the members of the ministerial council in one among the greatest cupboard reshuffles since her get together, the Trinamool Congress, first got here to energy in the state in 2011.
The first ministerial rejection since the TMC stormed again to energy for the third consecutive time period in May final 12 months got here as the get together confronted a disaster over the arrest of senior minister Partha Chatterjee by the ED over the rip-off final 12 months month with schoolwork. Supriyo was allotted data know-how and electronics, one among the departments held by Chatterjee. The singer-turned-politician was additionally given the Tourism portfolio.
Sashi Panja and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay got the cost of trade and commerce and parliamentary affairs departments respectively, portfolios that had been earlier held by Chatterjee who was suspended by the get together after his arrest. Satyajit Barman has been appointed the new Minister of State in the Education Department, changing Paresh Adhikary. The latter, whose identify additionally appeared in the rip-off, was eradicated.
Besides Supriyo, 4 others – Udayan Guha, Partha Bhowmick, Snehasis Chakraborty and Pradip Mazumdar – had been sworn in as cupboard ministers by Governor La Ganesan.