Mukul Roy suspended from TMC for six years

Ivan Schwartz
September 26, 2017

The 63-year-year-old offered only a teaser.

"I'll quit as Rajya Sabha member after the Durga Puja break".

Later in the day, he resigned from the TMC Working Committee.

After being imposed with the allegations of being a traitor, the party vice-president had only option left with him and that was of resigning from the post.

Roy said he will quit as a member of the Rajya Sabha after Durga puja.

All this coincided with a gradual decrease in Roy's relevance within the Trinamool Congress. He was, however, reduced to a position where he would have to report to someone who once was his junior.

Refusing to divulge more details, Roy said he would explain the reasons for his decision later.

In a press conference on Monday, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that Mamata Banerjee trusted him a lot and gave him portfolios like rail ministry in the past, however, he betrayed the party. "The party has made a decision to suspend him for six years".

TMC leader Chatterjee said, "If he (Roy) wants to leave, why isnt he leaving now?"

Sinha also accused the chief minister of creating a rift between communities in the state.

On January 30, 2015, he was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam. Mamata Banerjee may show defiance but bringing Abhishek Banerjee and placing him at the helm may casue big to Trinamool in Panchayat Polls.

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In fact, rumours of his exit had begun doing the rounds after he floated the Nationalist Trinamool Congress (NTC).

He was increasingly sidelined in the party since then.

He was recently removed as the TMC vice president after the party chose to revamp its structure.

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party President Dilip Ghosh had said the party was open to Roy joining.

Roy was crucial in managing and expanding the party.

Where to was never in doubt - the BJP, say party sources.

Trinamool Congress swept the assembly polls winning 211 of the 294 seats. Mukul Roy was in regular touch with several BJP leaders.

Mukul Roy, 63, was once the undisputed number two in the party after Mamata Banerjee.

Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has already reportedly said, "We will talk to Mukul Roy". Maybe by December things will become clear. But political experts are seeing that this is an effort by Roy and some Trinamool leaders to make peace with Mamata.

"Speculations are also there that state transport minister, Suvendu Adhikari, also maintains a good and working relationship with Roy". The party also said that the party has put him on observation.

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