Supriyo, took to Twitter to thank West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for giving him the new responsibility.
He wrote, “My sincere gratitude to Hon'ble Didi @MamataOfficial & @abhishekaitc for appointing/including me in the illustrious Team of National Spokespersons of @AITCofficial. Shall do my very best to live up to the responsibility entrusted upon me.”
According to sources, Supriyo's appointment as a national spokesperson was a part of the strategy devised by the party to expand its base outside Bengal.
Supriyo, a former BJP MP, was dropped from the union ministry last year, following which he switched over to the TMC. He gave up his Asansol Lok Sabha seat, which he had bagged on BJP tickets twice. The singer-turned-politician was then nominated by the ruling TMC for the Ballygunge assembly by poll in April this year, and he managed to clinch the seat by a comfortable margin.