Mukul Roy quits RS, Trinamool

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

Hailing the expelled Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy as a "good organiser", West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday claimed any political party would be benefited by the inclusion of a leader like him.

He evaded pointed questions on Abhishek Banerjee, saying just that "all one-man party are run this way".

In response, Roy, describing Ghosh as a frustrated person, said: "Whenever the CBI and the ED call me, I will appear and cooperate with them".

The TMC leader had earlier in the day met Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to submit his resignation from the upper house of Parliament.

All should be "comrades in a party and not servants". To be sure, Roy had announced on 25 September that he would quit the party after Durga Puja, soon after which he was suspended from TMC for six years for anti-party activities.

There has been speculation of Mukul Roy joining BJP.

Roy, who has sought an appointment with senior officials of the Election Commission of India, said he did not plan to float a new political party. Roy also held a meeting with finance minister Arun Jaitley last week. "Taking help of his relationship with the BJP leadership, there may be an attempt to hide the misdemeanour of some of their (Trinamool) leaders here", he alleged.

Mr Roy, who is slated to visit the Election Commission, said he was not going there to talk about a proposal for a new party but to discuss upcoming assembly bypolls.

The state BJP president also claimed that during his prime days in Trinamool Congress, Roy was used by party supremo Mamata Banerjee to keep in touch with the BJP and RSS.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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