Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday after welcoming back her former close aide Mukul Roy into the party fold claimed that more leaders from the BJP will come back to join Trinamool in the coming days.
She, however, cleared that those who criticised the party and betrayed it just before the recent West Bengal assembly election and joined the BJP for money will not be considered back into the party’s fold.
Addressing the reporters here, Mamata was quoted by ANI saying, “More people will come (from BJP). Whenever the info comes, we will let you know. We are not considering those who criticised the party and betrayed before election, for BJP, for money. We will only consider people who are gentle, sober and don’t go for bitterness.”
Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy joined TMC in Kolkata on Friday in the presence of Banerjee at the Trinamool Bhavan (TMC headquarters). Mukul Roy made his return on Friday (June 11) to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a party which he had left in September 2017. This comes a month after the TMC secured a landslide victory in the West Bengal assembly elections.
There were reports floating around for some time that Mukul Roy would rejoin the TMC. The event was preceded by a meeting between him and the top brass of TMC, including Mamata and TMC national secretary Abhishek Banerjee at the Trinamool Congress Bhavan in Kolkata.
TMC top brass including Abhishek Banerjee was present at the meeting. Roy had contested the Assembly election from Krishnangar Uttar constituency and defeated TMC candidate actor Koushani Mukherjee. Mukul Roy, a founding member of the TMC, changed camps and joined BJP in November 2017.
Roy was once a close aide of Mamata. However, the two had a fallout after Mukul Roy’s name cropped up in the Saradha scam and the Narada sting operation. Following this, he was suspended from the party for six years.
In the recent Assembly polls held in West Bengal, TMC retained power with a huge win bagging 211 seats in the 294-member House while the BJP could only win 77 seats.
(With Inputs from ANI)