Mukul quits TMC after meeting top BJP leaders

In a severe blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamul Congress (TMC), its Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy (in pic), who had for long been second in command in TMC, quit the party on Monday.

Roy was one of the founding members of the party along with Banerjee, who broke away from the Congress on December 17, 1997. Speculation is rife over Roy joining the BJP and more so after his recent meetings with BJP stalwarts like party president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley, railway minister Piyush Goyal and commerce minister Suresh Prabhu.

Soon after the former Union railway minister announced his resignation from the party’s working committee and expressed plans to relinquish his membership from the Rajya Sabha as well as TMC after the Durga Puja, the TMC leadership suspended Roy from the party for six years. Roy said he would spell out the exact cause of his resignation from the party and his future course of action after the Durga Puja.

Although speculation of him joining the BJP have gone viral, the entry of Roy, who earlier got entangled in the Saradha ponzi scheme scam and then the Narada sting operation, may not go down well in BJP circles. There are many in the party — both at the state and the national level — who think that allowing Roy an entry into BJP may severely tarnish the image of the party, which apparently stands for fight against corruption.