On 11th June, Mukul Roy the National Vice President of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), along with his son, Subhranshu Roy joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
An event was hosted to welcome them back. The event was presided over in the presence of all high-ranking officials of the party, including Mamata Banerjee and her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, general secretary of the party. Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, and Subrata Bakshi were also present.
Roy was one of the founding members of the TMC in 1998. He was once the former second-in-command. Not only that but he was also a close ally of Ms. Banerjee. He yet joined the BJP in 2017 and since then he had been an active member of the Janta Party. Roy also played an active role as a member of the BJP in Bengal assembly polls that have recently concluded.
However, in a statement to the press, Banerjee stated that Roy, in spite of campaigning for BJP, never had anything against TMC. She added that the doors of the party are not open to everybody. They are certainly closed for the ones who have bad-mouthed the party, betrayed it, and joined BJP for monetary consideration, right before the elections. It was a statement directed to the high-profile politicians of TMC who joined BJP before the Bengal polls. Banerjee, being as fierce as she is, also mentioned that Roy was coaxed into joining BJP with threats from central agencies.
After his return, Roy, commenting about the second largest political party in Bengal at present, said that its condition is so bad that not only him but nobody would want to be in it. Hence he was also accompanied by his son Subhranshu, a two-term member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Like his father, Subhranshu had also been a member of TMC, had joined BJP later and today, rejoined TMC.
Mukul Roy had been in TMC when his name came up in the controversial Narada bribery case. Thereafter he had joined BJP. Recently arrests were made in the same case. 4 cabinet ministers of the present Bengal cabinet were arrested and yet TMC turned BJP ministers, Roy and Suvendu Adhikari, were left unquestioned. It was seen as an indirect proclamation from the center to TMC. However, Roy’s return and regrets expressed by other turncoats recently, have made the proclamation look weaker.
Perhaps, Roy is yet to give a detailed explanation on why he left BJP.