Mukul Roy Quits Trinmool Congress After Meeting BJP Leaders
Mukul Roy, one of the founder members of Mamata Banerjee’s party, announced last fortnight that he was quitting the Trinamool Congress. He resigned from the party’s working committee, and says he will soon surrender his membership of the party and of the Rajya Sabha. Roy met with top BJP leaders in Delhi in recent weeks, adding to the perception that he was “getting close to the BJP”, said sources.
He said he was being “forced” to resign and was exiting the Trinamool ‘with heavy heart and pain.’ When asked if he would join the BJP next, he told, “Today, I will not say a word, I will explain after puja,” referring to the annual Durga Puja festival which is celebrated widely in Bengal. The BJP has acknowledged that Mr Roy has been in touch with its leaders.