West Bengal: Mukul Roy returns to TMC, gives another big jolt to BJP

Kolkata: BJP National Vice President Mukul Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy re-joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

Mukul Roy arrived at Trinamool Congress (TMC) Bhawan in Kolkata with his son Subhranshu Roy this afternoon.

BJP National Vice President Roy met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at TMC Bhawan earlier today. Mamata Banerjee also met top TMC officials and it was decided to re-induct Mukul Roy into the party.

On joining TMC, Mukul Roy said, “I have joined TMC today. In the present circumstances, no one will remain in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).” 

While West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said, “We welcome Mukul Roy. He will play an important role in the party. There are two types of people, extremists and moderates. We will not take extremists into the party.”

Ever since the results of the West Bengal Assembly elections in which TMC registered a thumping victory, Mukul Roy had remained silent and did not even attend BJP meetings.

Mukul Roy was not seen at the recent meeting of the party’s West Bengal unit with two other BJP stalwarts – Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajiv Banerjee.

The West Bengal unit of the BJP had called a high-level organizational meeting on Tuesday and party leaders were asked to be present. However, Roy decided to leave the meeting.

West Bengal BJP vice-president Joy Prakash Majumdar had said, “BJP national vice president Mukul Roy could not attend the meeting as his wife is unwell and is hospitalised. On the day the meeting was scheduled, Bengal BJP chief spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya. His father died of COVID-19 and hence he could not attend the meeting. Rajiv Banerjee could not attend due to personal reasons.”

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TMC’s founding member Mukul Roy had quit the party in 2017 and joined the BJP.

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