Mukul Roy resigned due to BJP pressure: TMC

Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy after announcing his resignation from the party in Kolkata in September 2017

Mukul Roy resigned due to BJP pressure: TMC

Everyone in a party is like a comrade and not a servant.

With Mukul Roy quitting the TMC and his Rajya Sabha seat today, the TMC has hinted that Roy had to resign as the BJP had unleashed the CBI after him. And this kind of behaviour is common in every one-man political outfit.

News Agency ANI reported, "Mukul Roy submits his resignation from Rajya Sabha as TMC MP, to Vice President and RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu".

Roy was known for his organisational capability, loyalty to Banerjee and backroom manoeuvring skills.

He met the BJP's West Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya at the residence of Rajya Sabha House Committee chairperson Om Mathur on Monday.

Asked why did not he raise the voice within the Trinamool Congress, the 63-year-old leader, who also served as Railway Minister, said the atmosphere was not right in the party to raise such issues.

On the other hand, BJP has neither confirmed nor denied the reports of Mukul Roy meeting their leaders. He also added that he was leaving the party with a heavy heart.

The former Union Minister said he will not be able to work in the TMC "silently like other leaders".

Roy's decision has soured his relationship with the TMC as clear from party secretary-general Partha Chatterjee's recent attack.

The fissures widened in 2015 when Roy's name came up in the Saradha chit fund scam and he was removed as the party's general secretary. All should be "comrades in a party and not servants".

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