When film director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury of the highly acclaimed film ‘Pink’ selected Babul Supriyo for playback singing in a Bengali film ‘Antheen’ (Endless Waiting) in 2009, the singer himself was not aware that his song ‘ Pheri som’ (run away mind) is really going to define his political decisions in the future.
Although Babylon was not aware that he would venture into politics, he was sure that he was here to rise to the limelight as a singer.
At around 3 pm on Saturday, when the state BJP was planning for the by-election, the All India Trinamool Congress announced the inclusion of Babul in the party through a social media post.
Minutes later, he addressed a press conference with Derek O’Brien where the singer-cum-politician said: “This is an opportunity I am taking wholeheartedly.”
This created a stir in the BJP camp and astonished many of his friends and political allies.
Going back to ‘Anantheen’, Rudranil Ghosh, who starred in the film and is now with the BJP, noticed an extraordinary similarity in the character/decisions of Babul with the song ‘Ferrari Som’.
“I am not going to make any critical comment on his decision to join TMC. But I have seen that in the past he takes sudden and unexpected decisions. Even his close ones are shocked by his sudden steps. Even today he stunned everyone like ‘Ferrari Som’, which talks about escaping from the mind,’
In 2021, Rudranil joined the BJP and contested against TMC leader Sovandeb Chatterjee from Bhawanipur assembly constituency. He lost from this seat by a margin of 28,719 votes.
Before joining the saffron brigade, he was one of the close aides of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. In December 2020, he raised his voice against the TMC for not being able to work for the people as the commissioner, civil service authority under the state consumer affairs department.
When contacted BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, he said, “You have seen… In the past also I don’t feel like making any comment about him.” Our party spokesperson has already given a statement and now let the central leaders react on their decision to join TMC.”
“Yes, I’ve seen ‘Endless’,” laughed Ghosh.
BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya hit out at Babul Supriyo and said that ideally he should have resigned as MP before joining TMC.
“He was a Union minister and was given ample respect in the party. Several central leaders were replaced during a recent cabinet reshuffle. Some were much senior to him but they started posting their grievances on social media. I feel today he betrayed the people of Asansol whom he represents. He not only betrayed the trust of the people of his constituency, but he also destroyed his prestige and dignity,” Bhattacharya said.
BJP MP and actress Roopa Ganguly felt sad as Babul did not share her heart before joining TMC. “I have known him for many years. I was hurt by his decision. I have nothing to say. My friend went to TMC keeping all his friends in the dark. I am sad.”
Former state BJP president Rahul Sinha termed him as “power-hungry and opportunist”.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “I think he was unhappy after PM Narendra Modi was dropped from the cabinet during the reshuffle (on July 7). It is his personal decision and I have nothing to say.”
CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty has defined Babul Supriyo as the perfect example of a man who cannot live without power and chair. “Such people have no ideology. They just want power. This is not good in a democratic society,” he said.