TMC candidate for the Ballygunge meeting, Babul Supriyo, who switched from the BJP to the Mamata Banerjee-led party last September, said on Friday that his decision to leave the saffron party was motivated by a policy of “hatred and division” from his members. The former MP had left the BJP shortly after losing his ministerial berth in the Centre.

Supriyo, who was often teased on social media about his decision to change camp, tweeted Friday, while tagging the official page of the Bangladeshi BJP: “My decision to quit was motivated by the politics of hatred, division (practised in the saffron camp). I could no longer reconcile with such a brand of politics.”

Supriyo claimed that he would do whatever it took to protect the heritage, culture and secular values ​​of Bengal, saying: “The people of Asansol know that in Bengal I have never seen the sectarian and narrow-minded 70:30 or 80: 20 politics and that I never will. That.”

The left had accused the former minister of fueling communal feelings after a 2018 riot in the Asansol area of ​​Paschim Bardhaman district.

Supriyo claimed that he had been betrayed by the BJP leadership in Bengal and stated: “I would work to uphold the motto of unity in diversity.”

He also said that “he could not accept the regular insults against Bengalis, the refusal to recognize the good work of a Bengali”.

In response to his allegations, BJP National Vice President Dilip Ghosh questioned why he “woke up so late to the BJP’s true character”.

“We’ve never seen such an insidious personality,” he said.

“If he thinks that Bengalis are not getting the necessary recognition, how come he was appointed union minister by Shri Narendra Modi in 2014 despite being a newcomer to politics? He was a singer and had no political background. did he forget how he was beaten last year by the TMC in Tollygunje?” said Gosh.

Echoing him, BJP National Secretary Anupam Hazra said it was “ironic that Supriyo did not discover these qualities and vices” when he was a minister

“We are lucky to be rid of such an unscrupulous, unethical person,” Hazra said.

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