The ghar wapsi, or homecoming, of Mukul Roy is a part of the Trinamool’s technique to strike whereas the iron is scorching.
The goal – to demolish the BJP in Bengal, the place it sill has 18 Lok Sabha MPs, forward of the 2024 nationwide election, which is simply two-and-a-half years away.
To accomplish this goal, and chart out its future course, the Trinamool is keen to capitalise on the anti-BJP sentiment within the state at this second.
The operation for the ‘return of the prodigals’, because it had been, was high secret. Both Trinamool and people being wooed have been tight -lipped.
It wasn’t simply the senior Roy who returned to the Trinamool fold; his son, Subhranshu Roy – a former Trinamool MLA who joined the BJP, contested the election and misplaced – additionally returned.
The Trinamool can also be encouraging the return of others, including former minister Rajib Banerjee and former MLAs Prabir Ghoshal of Uttarpara and Sarala Murmu of Malda, regardless of all three dropping their particular person electoral races.
Some sitting BJP MLAs are additionally prone to discover their method again to the mothership.
Sources say the get together needs to interrupt off as huge a piece of the BJP because it presumably can – maybe even larger than the piece the BJP broke earlier than the election.
The Trinamool had actively wooed Mukul Roy.
Mamata Banerjee signalled it even within the run-up to the Assembly election at a public rally, the place she stated: “Mukul Roy is not as bad as Suvendu Adhikari”.
Mr Adhikari, in fact, is the latest high-profile ex-Trinamool recruit to the BJP; an ex-Mamata Banerjee aide in whom the opposition invested closely in hopes of a spectacular election win.
Unfortunately for the BJP, his private win over Ms Banerjee from Nandigram was the only bright spot in an otherwise disastrous outing.
Last week Abhishek Banerjee – Ms Banerjee’s nephew and the brand new General Secretary of the Trinamool – visited the hospital the place Mr Roy’s spouse is being handled for COVID-19. Mr Roy and Mr Banerjee did not fairly see eye-to-eye previously, and his go to was a headline-maker.
Mr Banerjee additionally met Mr Roy’s son, Subhranshu, whereas on the hospital. After that assembly, Subhranshu Roy waxed eloquent about Abhishek Banerjee’s gesture.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh additionally visited the hospital – after Abhishek Banerjee’s go to and after studies high BJP leaders subsequently phoned Mukul Roy to investigate after his spouse – however that, it appears, was too little too late.