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Mukul Roy quits BJP, returns to TMC, says ‘happy to have come back home’


NEW DELHI: In a giant setback to the BJP, its nationwide vice chairman Mukul Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy rejoined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) within the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Friday.

Welcoming him to the social gathering, the TMC supremo stated, “Mukul Roy is our son, he has returned home.” “We welcome Mukul Roy. He will play an important role in the party,” West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee added.

“Those who criticized the party, betrayed the party before elections for BJP, for money, we will not consider them,” Mamata Banerjee stated on being requested if extra individuals can be becoming a member of TMC.

Speaking on his flip, Mukul Roy stated that he by no means had any variations with Mamata Didi and felt like coming again dwelling. “Bengal needs to return to its personal place. We need her (Mamata) to steer us,” Roy stated.

Both Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy had earlier reached the Trinamool Congress headquarters and held a closed-door dialogue, triggering intense speculations concerning the saffron social gathering chief’s potential return to the ruling social gathering within the state.

Other senior social gathering leaders, together with minister Subrata Mukherjee, had been additionally current on the Trinamool Bhavan off the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Roy, the previous second-in-command of the TMC who joined the saffron social gathering in November 2017, has been distancing himself from the BJP for the final a number of days.

It is being stated that Roy was apparently miffed at being sidelined within the BJP because of the rising recognition of Suvendu Adhikari, who had defeated Mamata Banerjee within the prestigious electoral attle in Nandigram.

Once a confidant of Mamata Banerjee and one of many founding members of the TMC in 1998, Roy had joined the BJP in 2017.

After practically twenty years within the Assembly elections, Roy had received the Krishnanagar Dakshin seat on a BJP ticket. However, throughout the BJP’s Bengal election marketing campaign, he was evidently sidelined. Though he was “rewarded” by the BJP with the submit of vice chairman following the saffron social gathering’s exceptional efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he was reportedly not pleased along with his place within the social gathering.

The BJP had received 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal in 2019, and Roy’s sturdy organizational functionality was credited for the social gathering’s success.

However, after the latest meeting elections, Suvendu Adhikari, who beat Mamata Banerjee within the state’s Nandigram constituency by a slender margin of about 1,200 votes was made Leader of Opposition (LOP) within the West Bengal Assembly after the elections.

This elevation of Suvendu’s added gas to the hearth and this led to a widening rift between Roy and the BJP, sources stated.

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