New Delhi: Mukul Roy on Friday (June 11) joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC), a party which he had left in September 2017. Roy joined the party with his son Subhranshu in the presence of West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at the Trinamool Bhavan (TMC headquarters).
“I have joined TMC today. In the present circumstances, no one will stay in Bharatiya Janata Party,” ANI quoted the leader as saying as he joined the party.
Mamata Banerjee also welcomed the decision and said that he will play an important role in the party.
She said, Ghorer chhele ghore phirlo (the son has returned home).
However, she added that those people who betrayed her and joined BJP months before the election for money will not be taken back in the party.
Speculations over Roy’s entry had started when Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee had visited his ailing wife in the hospital on June 3 where he also met Roy’s son Subranshu.
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.
The 67-year-old was reportedly upset over his former TMC colleague Suvendhu Adhikari being given importance by BJP. Adhikari had quit TMC and joined BJP before the West Bengal Assembly polls in December 2020.
Adhikari, who was part of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet and had served as the Minister of Transport in the state government, quit TMC and joined the party on December 19, 2020.
Warmly welcoming the National Vice-President of @BJP4India, Shri Mukul Roy, into the Trinamool family. We understand the multiple challenges he faced in BJP.
We look forward to this new journey whereby we can work in unison, prioritizing the well-being of the people of India.
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 11, 2021
Furthermore, he was given a ticket from the Krishnanagar Uttar constituency and was not part of the poll campaigning as he wanted.
TMC 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.
With inputs from ANI