Kolkata: Confusion, confusion and more confusion! The dichotomy strikes and strikes hard. Embattled singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo has done a volte-face.
Hurt and pained, he initially announced his political sanyas before reneging on it stating he wouldn’t relinquish his MP post. Supriyo is determined to prove that people can be served even without being active in politics. Hilarious it would sound because Supriyo remains saddled as a Lok Sabha MP, an elected lawmaker from a political party and not a nominated Rajya Sabha member.
How will Supriyo, who has run piggyback on his no-nonsense attitude carve the balance between political intricacies and social work? Needless to say, we are curious!
From the BJP’s point of view, Supriyo’s exit would have proved costly since he looks to be the only leader who has the ability to draw a crowd (it has got a lot to do with his popularity as a playback singer). With due respect to the likes of Dilip Ghosh and even Suvendu Adhikari, Supriyo’s convincing power leaves them behind in the race. Secondly, Supriyo’s stint as a junior minister may have been riddled with question marks, yet to write him off would be a faux pass or a fiasco.
At a time, when the West Bengal unit of the saffron party is trying to salvage the damage inflicted following the loss in the Assembly elections, leaders with the mass appeal can come to the party’s rescue. To exacerbate the muddy field, defections turn out to be a bane for the party to hit back. Already, the party committed the cardinal sin of rushing into engineering a split in TMC before the elections, the aftermath being many of those turncoats sending feelers to TMC top shots to return.
Hence the party leaders despite putting up a brave front, are a concerned lot. Given this scenario, dedication and commitment should be the forte. It would be an uphill and irksome task to challenge the charisma of Mamata Banerjee banking on elements who lack credibility.
Perhaps these are the reasons why BJP National President JP Nadda tried to persuade Supriyo to stay back, but his job would be arduous. Supriyo and state unit chief Ghosh do not see eye-to-eye, Adhikari too does not hesitate to chart an independent route without taking Ghosh into confidence and then comes the issue of defection. It would not be wrong to gauge the bickerings within the camp.
In view of this, Nadda’s intervention is worth plaudits but how will Supriyo take on his adversaries? The MP’s reluctance to contest the state polls is the bare truth, his subsequent loss may have cost him his ministerial job and add to it, Supriyo’s cold equations with the state unit’s top brass. A bed of roses does not beckon him, on the contrary, roadblocks at every step are imminent.
But Supriyo has to first clear the air on his stance – remarks driven by emotions do not pay off in the long run in the political battlefield. Gear up for the scuffle ahead, Babul da!!