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From Singer To BJP Poster Boy To Mamata Banerjee’s Minister

From Singer To BJP Poster Boy To Mamata Banerjee’s Minister


Babul Supriyo: From Singer To BJP Poster Boy To Mamata Banerjee's Minister

Babul Supriyo bounced again to win Ballygunge constituency in April for Trinamool. (File)

Kolkata:

Babul Supriyo, who was on Wednesday sworn in as a minister in Mamata Banerjee’s cupboard, has had a roller-coaster experience, from being a well-liked playback singer to BJP’s poster boy in West Bengal to becoming a member of the Trinamool authorities.

Mr Supriyo began off as a metropolis banker who rose to be a BJP minister on the Centre after an opportunity assembly with yoga guru Ramdev, however out of the blue discovered himself out within the chilly after shedding an meeting election from Tollygunge final 12 months by an enormous margin of 50,000 votes.

Nevertheless, Mr Supriyo bounced again to win the distinguished Ballygunge constituency in April for his new occasion — the Trinamool Congress — which he joined in September 2021 in a shock transfer.

Born in West Bengal’s Uttarpara as Supriya Baral in 1970, he modified his title to Babul Supriyo whereas attempting his luck as a Bollywood singer after quitting his banking job.

After a profitable stint as a Hindi playback singer, Mr Supriyo entered politics in 2014, getting a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections for the BJP from West Bengal on Ramdev’s advice.

He shocked everybody by defeating Trinamool’s Dola Sen from the commercial city of Asansol and was made the Union Minister of State for City Growth.

Two years later, he was shifted to the Ministry for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises throughout a reshuffle in July 2016.

In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Mr Supriyo’s profitable streak continued when he defeated Trinamool’s Moon Moon Sen by an enormous margin of 1.97 lakh votes. This time the Bollywood singer was named the Minister of State for Atmosphere, Forest and Local weather Change.

Mr Supriyo was once more pitted in April 2021, because the BJP candidate for Tollygunge Meeting constituency, which has as its centerpiece the Bengali film business generally known as Tollywood, towards three-time Trinamool MLA Aroop Biswas.

The 2-time BJP MP had then promised he would finish Mr Biswas’s “dictatorship” in Tollywood. Nevertheless, this time spherical his streak of luck appeared to have run out. Mr Supriyo misplaced by over 50,000 votes.

Issues additionally began going bitter in his relationship with BJP’s high management and he was ultimately dropped from the Union Cupboard.

The perturbed 50-year-old singer, whose instinctive first response was that he would “stop” politics after being dropped from the ministry, in the end joined the Trinamool after occasion chief Mamata Banerjee and common secretary Abhishek Banerjee prolonged a suggestion to him.

“It was with nice disillusionment that I had introduced that I’d stop politics. An amazing alternative has been prolonged by Didi (Mamata Banerjee) and Abhishek Banerjee and I’m comfortable to simply accept that. I used to be anticipating one thing extra after seven years as a Union Minister of State. Then variations began rising with the occasion,” Mr Supriyo had mentioned after becoming a member of the Trinamool final 12 months.

Although his victory in Ballygunge earlier this 12 months was marred by a marketing campaign of “no vote for Supriyo” undertaken by some teams within the constituency, Mr Supriyo, true to his curler coaster type received the seat by over 20,000 votes towards his CPI(M) rival Saira Shah Halim, who emerged within the second place.

Apparently, his former occasion’s Keya Ghosh got here a distant third.

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