Former TMC strongman and close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy finally announced his resignation from the party and says he will sever all his ties with the party post-Durga Puja and also step down from his Rajya Sabha membership.
Even though it’s too early to say if he will join any other party, sources say he has met a couple of BJP leaders, with speculations of his joining the saffron brigade. Mukul Roy’s resignation from TMC is being seen as extremely unfortunate as he expresses that he’s “forced” to resign the party “with heavy heart and pain”.
Hours after he alleged that he was not given his due importance from the party, the TMC suspended him for six years following his declaration of leaving the TMC for good.
Once the leader who played the second fiddle to Mamata Banerjee in Bengal’s largest ruling party, Roy was reportedly estranged from Mamata Banerjee due to the prominence of his nephew Abhishek Banerjee in last one year.
Roy posted that he resigned from the party’s working committee today and will finally surrender his Rajya Sabha position and party’s permanent membership after Durga Puja. He alleged that in spite of being the founder member of Trinamool Congress he was sidelined from the party’s decision-making committee.
Trinamool General Secretary Partha Chatterjee said that there have been instances when the senior TMC leader was seen making frequent trips to Delhi meeting the BJP leaders.
He stressed that “those who keep in touch with BJP leaders or are found to be hobnobbing with them cannot be a friend of TMC. The party will never tolerate it.”
The TMC also raised allegation against Roy meeting some Union Ministers like Railway minister Piyush Goyal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah to discuss his prospects in the saffron party. However, Mukul Roy denied the allegations made against him saying he met the Railway Minister just to fast-track some of the pending rail projects in the North 24 Paraganas.
Whatever may be the reason of Roy’s fate, the relationship between Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy was getting soured in the recent years eventually leading him to quit the party.
Roy was removed from the position of party General Secretary in 2015 and in the same year he floated the National Trinamool Congress party which later merged with the TMC.
However, he was later inducted back as the party Vice-President before the 2016 assembly elections. Roy also played a strategic role in the party’s election campaigns.
It was under his leadership that the TMC won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls keeping the state outside the periphery of Modi wave. He also helped the TMC steal the show in the 2016 assembly elections, keeping his roots intact. Unfortunately, his alleged involvement in the Sharada scam and the Narada sting operation brought him under the CBI scanner and dilute his reputation in the party circles.
According to Bishwanath Chakraborty, a professor of political science at Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharati University, Roy’s departure from TMC might roll out the red carpet for BJP in Bengal, as the Bengal BJP needs a political strategist of Roy’s stature to plan out a scheme of action ahead of the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, Roy’s son Shubhrangshu Roy a legislator from North 24 Paraganas, affirmed his ties with TMC and denied any reports of quitting the party.
As the expelled TMC leader’s decision gathers steam, his next move will be instrumental one in deciding Bengal’s fate in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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