Babul Supriyo has resigned from the Narendra Modi government, weeks after the BJP failed to win the Bengal assembly polls.
Confirming the news, Supriyo wrote on Facebook, “Yes, when there is smoke there must be a fire somewhere. Not being able to take phone calls of my friends in the media who cares for me hence let me spell it out myself. Yes, I have been asked to resign & I have !!”
Supriyo, who held the portfolio of MoS Environment, Forest & Climate Change, added, “I thank Honble Prime Minister for giving me the privilege to serve my country as a Member of his Council of Ministers. I am extremely happy that I go today without a spot of corruption on me, having served my constituency with all my might & having enjoyed their cindiendence when Asansol voted me back as their MP once again, with triple the Margin in 2019 again.”
Earlier, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and nine other ministers had resigned ahead of the cabinet reshuffle, scheduled for Wednesday evening. Also resigning from the cabinet are Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Government of India DV Sadananda Gowda, MoS Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment Ratan Lal Kataria, MoS Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Pratap Sarangi.
The BJP had face disappointment in this year’s assembly polls in Bengal as Mamata Banerjee won a historic landslide the third time in a row.