New Delhi: Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have confirmed that they will be able to keep their flock together despite the exit of heavyweight leader and state BJP Vice-President Mukul Roy on Friday (June 11). However, the party has started to keep a close eye on its MPs and newly elected MLAs as a precaution.
“There should be public outrage against Roy for deserting BJP. All of us are in the party and no one is leaving. Even if one or two legislators leave, it doesn’t make much difference,” said a BJP leader from the state to ANI on the condition of anonymity.
BJP president JP Nadda had also visited the state after the elections and interacted with the local leadership amid allegations of violent attacks by the TMC cadres that have caused the deaths of BJP supporters.
Roy rejoined the TMC on Friday along with his son Subranshu in the presence of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the Trinamool Bhavan.
Roy had left the TMC in September 2017 to join BJP after he was suspended for six years.
The step was taken by the party after his name cropped up in the Saradha scam and the Narada sting operation.
“We are addressing every issue despite the onslaught by TMC government on our cadre. Roy was given a senior post of national vice president in the party, yet he wasn’t satisfied,” another BJP leader said to ANI.
Furthermore, sources said that when Mukul Roy failed to turn up at a meeting called by the West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, suspicions were raised that he may quit the party.
Roy was also upset as Suvendhu Adhikari was elected as the Leader of Opposition ahead of him which was reportedly the final straw for the 67-year-old.