Mukul Roy quits TMC, Rajya Sabha; likely to join BJP

Mukul Roy quits TMC, Rajya Sabha; likely to join BJP

Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy on Wednesday quit the Rajya Sabha and resigned from primary membership of the party, saying that "we are comrades in the party and not servants". "But the one-man parties do not work like that", the leader, who was once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

In response, Roy, describing Ghosh as a frustrated person, said: "Whenever the CBI and the ED call me, I will appear and cooperate with them". "Any political party would be benefited to have a leader like him", Ghosh said here on the day of Mukul Roy's resignation from the Rajya Sabha seat. To be sure, Roy had announced on 25 September that he would quit the party after Durga Puja, soon after which he was suspended from TMC for six years for anti-party activities.

Though Mr Roy refused to comment when asked if he would join the BJP, a close aide of his told PTI he was likely to do so after Diwali. Speculation of Roy joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was rife as he met the BJP's West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya on Monday. "Had Congress been willing to take him, Roy would have criticised the BJP instead", said Ghosh.

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Roy hailed the Commission for taking positive steps in the elections and described its actions as one of the factors responsible for the political change in Bengal in 2011, when the Left Front was ousted from power. He alleged that Roy was under pressure from probe agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, and had sold his soul and turned "traitor".

The state BJP president also claimed that during his prime days in Trinamool Congress, Roy was used by party supremo Mamata Banerjee to keep in touch with the BJP and RSS.

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