OOP Digital Desk: Mukul Roy, one of the founders of Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), has quit the party. The lawmaker claimed, he was being “forced” to resign, adding that he was doing so with a heavy heart.
In a sharp rebuttal to Mukul’s decision, TMC announced that he has been expelled from the party for six years.
TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee told the media, Mukul was unfaithful to the party and Mamata Banerjee, who gave him everything. He became the railways minister, was sent to Raja Sabha. What more can anybody expect? The TMC chief had pinned much trust on Roy, which he betrayed, Chatterjee said.
When asked if he will now join BJP, Mukul said he will explain everything after Durga Puja.
BJP had earlier acknowledged that Mukul Roy was in touch with many of their senior leaders. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said that his party will consider if Mukul wants to join BJP.
Mukul Roy, for long, was the number two in the ruling party of West Bengal. He is a Rajya Sabha member but his relationship with Mamata Banerjee had strained for more than a year now.
In the recent months, Mukul was removed as the in-charge of TMC in Tripura, where the party has been steadily gaining grounds until all the six legislators switched over to BJP in August. He was made the in-charge of Punjab after that.
There has been growing suspicion that Mukul may have supplied vital information to the CBI regarding the Sharadha ponzi case, in return of an assurance from the government not to arrest him.
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