Kolkata: In a big setback for the Trinamool Congress (TMC), senior leader and MP Mukul Roy has today announced he is quitting the TMC. I shall resign from Rajya Sabha immediately after the pujas. "Today, I will not say a word".
On September 17, Mukul Roy was removed from the position of the national vice-president of the Trinamool Congress party when the party restructured its internal committee. About eight months are left for my tenure to end in the Upper House.
Roy, whose relationship with the leadership has been strained of late, said he would give an explanation on why he was leaving the party and why he was "forced to do so" after Durga Puja. There is also talk of Roy forming an independent party on his own. "We will consider it if he wishes to join BJP", Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh had earlier said.
TMC, the ruling party in West Bengal, had last week censured Roy for allegedly hobnobbing with BJP leaders and said it was keeping a close watch on him.
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"I came to know that Mr. Roy is in touch with our central leaders".
TMC was set to suspend Roy after he fell out of favour with TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
His party believed that Roy, being the chief fund manager of TMC was spared further trouble after he parted with some secrets that could be used as a weapon by the BJP against the Trinamool Congress. However, his announcement would lead to an abrupt vacancy in the Rajya Sabha.
Roy was the number two leader in Mamata-led Trinamool Congress. He was also instrumental in party strategy during the polls, especially in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.