New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy is likely to return to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the party which he quit in September 2017. TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is chairing a meeting at the party headquarters at Trinamool Bhawan in Kolkata on Friday (June 11) at 3 PM to decide the fate of the leaders who want to rejoin the party.
Sources have told India Ahead News that Mukul Roy may go to the Trinamool Bhawan with his son Subhranshu Roy during the meeting and join the party.
The veteran leader had been in contact with TMC leaders ever since the state assembly elections concluded and was absent from the West Bengal BJP’s meetings.
Mamata’s nephew and TMC Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee had visited Mukul Roy’s ailing wife at a Kolkata hospital on June 3 where he also met Subhranshu. The meeting had sparked off speculations that the father-son duo was planning to return to the TMC.
According to sources, Mukul Roy was peeved at the BJP as he felt that the party was giving too much importance to Suvendhu Adhikari, the former TMC leader who had joined the party a few months back.
Furthermore, Roy wanted to campaign for the party and did not want to be a candidate for the West Bengal Assembly election.
However, BJP decided to project him as a candidate and didn’t allow him to campaign for the elections.
He was made the BJP vice president in September 2020 as the party went all out to oust the Mamata-led Trinamool Congress from power in West Bengal.
But in the Assembly election, Mamata’s party retained power with a huge win bagging 211 seats in the 294-member House while the BJP could only win 77 seats.
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.
After the suspension, Roy met several key BJP leaders as speculations rose that he may quit the party.
On September 25, 2017, he finally resigned from TMC and on October 12 also quit his seat in the Rajya Sabha.