Babul Supriyo's 'jhaalmuri diplomacy' with Mamata backfires; Bengal BJP furious

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Kolkata, May 18: After Roopa Ganguly, another BJP leader from West Bengal also criticised Union minister Babul Supriyo for his recent bonhomie with state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. BJP's observer for Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh also questioned the minister's action though the latter refused to agree with his critics. [Modi-Mamata banhomie: After Plan A failed, BJP trying Plan B]

Actor-turned-politician Joy Bandyopadhyay, who contested the Lok Sabha election on the BJP's ticket from Birbhum but lost, said in a rally on Sunday that Supriyo should be more careful in his action or otherwise the people of the state might get a wrong message.

Babul Supriyo's earns BJP's wrath

Ganguly also said during a rally in Kolkata that the Union minister, while having jhaalmuri (snacks) with the chief minister in a car, should not forget the plight of the BJP supporters in the state. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of attacking its supporters throughout the state.

Though the critics later brought their tone down, but observers still believe that the inner feud of the BJP has come out in the open.

Another Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who met the state BJP leadership on Sunday evening, categorically said that there was no question of compromising with the Trinamool leadership. She even said that the state BJP leadership was trying to put the blame on the central leadership to hide its own organisational weakness. He is also set to visit the districts of the state to see the party's organisational progress.

When Supriyo was asked about the reaction, he said as a representative of the Centre, he did not want to make the government platform a stage for political fight. He said it is important to maintain a balance between the duties of a partyman and a minister. "I know what I am soing," Supriyo said, reacting to his critics.

It all happened last Saturday when Mamata Banerjee gave Babul Supriyo a lift in her car on the way to Raj Bhavan after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was on a two-day visit to Kolkata. She offered him snacks like jhaalmuri and bhelpuri. State BJP leaders were not impressed by this asking what was the need for Supriyo to get light with the chief minister at a time when party supporters are constantly being targetted by Trinamool Congress supporters.

The minister even praised Mamata Banerjee at a meeting in Rajarhat in Kolkata, creating more discomfort for the party which was already wondering what to do next after PM Modi's stress on Centre-state cooperation.

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