Kolkata: In a major setback to Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), senior party leader Mukul Roy has announced that he would quit the party and resign as Rajya Sabha MP after the ongoing Durga puja.
Last week, the TMC had censured estranged party leader for allegedly hobnobbing with BJP leaders and drew the line by saying the party was keeping a close watch on him. On Sunday, he went to the inauguration of a Durga Puja that is identified with Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, who was suspended by the party after he spoke out against the chief minister in the Saradha scam.
He said he was "forced" to resign and was exiting the Trinamool "with heavy heart and pain". He wa absent from the event and was also unavailable for the comments as he was busy in the Durga Puja magazine unveiling with the name of Jago Bangla on September 19.
Roy said that he will reveal the reason behind this decision after Durga Puja. "After five days I will explain everything", he said when asked whether he would join the Bharatiya Janata Party. I will mail my resignation from the party working committee today (Monday) itself.
"I'm a party working committee member and a Rajya Sabha member elected on the party symbol". I will say it after Durga Puja.
Roy, one of the founding members of the TMC, also recalled that he was the first signatory for the party on December 17, 1997, during the party's process of formation. According to IE, Roy was responsible for the expansion of the party and managing TMC in the state and beyond. he was also instrumental in making strategy of the party, especially in 2014 general elections.