TMC abolishes V-P post, Mukul in lurch
In a severe blow to its Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, the Trinamul Congress has abolished the vice president’s post, which he used to hold, from the party’s organisation.
The move has virtually now left him without any position and has cornered him in the party amidst strong speculation about him joining the BJP along with another Rajya Sabha parliamentarian, Ritabrata Banerjee, who was expelled from the CPI(M) recently. It came close on the heels of a whiff about Mr Roy’s failed attempt to defect to the BJP with more than three dozen Trinamul leaders including MPs and MLAs, sources indicated. According to Trimamul insiders, the party’s decision is bound to weaken Mr Roy who was once known for his organisational skills and his close rapport chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Mr Roy was earlier demoted in the party’s organisation following his acrimony with the Trinamul Congress supremo.
Mr Roy was also removed from two parliamentary panels.