Mukul Roy, the BJP’s national vice president, rejoined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday, June 11 in Kolkata, in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Subhranshu Roy, Mukul Roy’s son, joined TMC alongside his father. Roy was allowed an appointment with the CM around 2 p.m. on Friday, according to TMC sources.
PROBLEM WITH THE BJP: Roy, who ran for office for the first time in nearly two decades, won his Krishnanagar Dakshin seat on a BJP ticket. During the BJP campaign, however, he was clearly ignored. Adhikari was elected Leader of Opposition (LOP) in the West Bengal Assembly after narrowly defeating Mamata Banerjee in the state’s Nandigram constituency by roughly 1,200 votes. According to reports, Suvendu’s ascension poured fuel to the flames that were the breach between Roy and the BJP.
Since the election results, rumours had circulated that Roy might return to the BJP. Abhishek Banerjee had previously paid a visit to Roy’s wife at the hospital while she was ill. Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Roy to inquire about his health. Roy’s son, who is also a member of the BJP, had been writing ambiguous comments against the party. Trinamool had previously stated that it would consider politicians from the BJP who wanted to return to the party on a “case-by-case” basis.
“Not just TMC turncoats, but BJP leaders who have won as MLAs are in talks with the BJP. The working committee of the party has left the decision to Didi,” said TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.