'Least Bothered':Trinamool Congress On Mukul Roy Joining BJP

Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union minister insisted that Mr Roy's joining the BJP would help the saffron party in West Bengal.

Roy quit the TMC in October and resigned from Rajya Sabha membership after a fallout with party chief Banerjee.

Talking to the reporters over his new innings, Mr Mukul Roy said that he is privileged to get a chance to work under PM Narendra Modi.

Completely sidelined in the party for months, speculation about Roy quitting the TMC had been rife for weeks before he left the party.He was said to be scouting for a new political inning with some other party, particularly the BJP.

Mr. Roy, who was a close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, expressed confidence that BJP will grab power in the next elections in the state. On being asked about the corruption charges on Roy, a diplomatic Ravi Shankar said that no one is guilty until proven, let the law take its course.

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Prasad said that with "veteran political leader" Roy's entry into the saffron party, the BJP will do "great things" in West Bengal. I believe BJP is not a communal force but a secular force.

"I am sure that BJP is the only alternative party for West Bengal", he added.

Earlier, Mr Roy was considered as the second-in-command in the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC. "His experience will benefit us surely I believe", said Prasad.

Roy had said: "A party should have certain principles". He fell out with Mamta following differences over the growing influence of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee within the party. Elections in West Bengal are expected to be held in 2021. West Bengal is among the states where the BJP is eyeing around 150 seats.

In him, BJP might have got an organisational man who has a reach deep inside the TMC - this is probably why Roy was inducted into the party rather than being encouraged to set up his own outfit and ally with the NDA. "This proved how BJP and Trinamool Congress share a brotherhood", remarked CPI (M) politburo member and Lok Sabha MP Md Salim. "He played an important role in removing the the CPI (M)". BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who had been working to bring Roy on board, was also present.

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