Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy on Friday afternoon returned to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the celebration he left in 2017 after a 19-year lengthy affiliation, with chief minister Mamata Banerjee describing it as “homecoming of the family’s boy”.
“Our party is already powerful. We won a landslide victory. Mukul is an old boy of our family. Nobody can stay in the BJP. They do not allow anyone to live with dignity and peace. Mukul was threatened by probe agencies. His health was getting affected. He will have mental peace here,” Banerjee stated at a short press meet.
Roy’s son, Subhranshu, a former legislator, additionally returned to the ruling celebration.
Roy is an accused within the 2016 Narada sting operation case that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing. On May 17, the CBI arrested two TMC ministers, Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, MLA Madan Mitra and former celebration chief Sovan Chatterjee.
Declaring that extra leaders from the BJP will be part of the ruling celebration within the coming days, Banerjee stated, “But traitors who joined the BJP before the elections for money will not be taken back.”
Banerjee obtained agitated when reporters identified that Roy had made remarks in opposition to her after leaving the celebration.
“I never had any differences with Mukul. Please do not ask questions aimed at individuals. Mukul did not say a word against us during the elections. The traitors who left us during the polls and helped the BJP will not be taken back. Do not ask about ideology. I cannot satisfy the BJP media. We do not break political parties like the BJP. We are taking him not because we are scared about numbers. He is here out of his own will. BJP is a party of landlords. It controls the agencies,” stated Banerjee.
“I never had differences with Mamata Banerjee, I don’t and I never will in the future,” quipped Roy.
Saying that he would challenge a written assertion on why he left the BJP, Roy stated, “I am happy that I have been able to come out. I can see the old faces here. I am happy that Bengal will regain its old glory under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee who is a national leader.”
“We will decide later what post Mukul will hold. He was a vice-president of the BJP. Since he has left, it is clear that he was not satisfied working with them. More people will come. But those who betrayed our party for money will not be considered. We will take only those who do not spread bitterness,” Banerjee added.
She abruptly ended the press convention when Roy was requested a query on Suvendu Adhikari who joined the BJP in December final 12 months and defeated Banerjee within the latest polls.
BJP leaders stated Roy’s absence is not going to have an effect on the saffron camp in any method.
“We congratulate Roy on his new political journey. The BJP is the world’s largest political party. It is not run by a dynasty. One individual does not make any difference. This was his personal decision. Since he won the Krishnanagar North assembly seat in Nadia district on a BJP ticket we hope he will resign as legislator and start with a clear conscience,” stated BJP state vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar.
“However, it would be an insult to Roy if someone says he was in the BJP because he was scared by probe agencies. He is not a child,” added Majumdar.
There had been robust rumours since morning that Roy would possibly be part of the TMC through the day. “I cannot speculate on rumours,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated at a press convention in Delhi.
Roy left his Salt Lake residence at 2 pm and headed for the TMC headquarters on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. He was escorted by the Kolkata Police. The chief minister additionally left her residence at Kalighat in south Kolkata at 2 pm.
Several former TMC leaders who joined the BJP have publicly appealed to Mamata Banerjee to forgive them. They embody the chief minister’s former aide Sonali Guha. Others, equivalent to former forest minister Rajib Banerjee, have written important posts in opposition to the BJP.
On June 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as up Roy to inquire in regards to the latter’s ailing spouse, Krishna Roy, who’s present process therapy for Covid-19 at a personal hospital in east Kolkata.
Though Roy didn’t touch upon the dialog that, in accordance with BJP leaders, lasted round two-three minutes, the cellphone name made information as Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC nationwide basic secretary Abhishek Banerjee had visited the hospital the evening earlier than. His go to triggered speculations about Roy’s subsequent political transfer.
Around two hours after Banerjee’s go to, Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh additionally went to the hospital. The subsequent day, Mukul Roy denied having any data about Ghosh’s go to. “I don’t know who he came to visit,” stated Roy. The incident indicated that Roy was distancing himself from the BJP.
On May 29, Subhranshu Roy wrote on his social media web page that self-criticism is extra crucial than criticizing a authorities elected by individuals. Though he didn’t identify any celebration or state, social media customers took it as an apparent reference to Bengal.
Mukul Roy received the Krishnanagar North seat within the latest meeting polls, whereas his son was defeated from the Bijpur seat that he held in North 24 Parganas district. Subhranshu Roy joined the BJP in 2019.
On Friday, Abhishek Banerjee felicitated the father-son duo with shawls and formally inducted them into the TMC.
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