In a big setback for the Trinamool Congress, senior leader and MP Mukul Roy has resigned from the party’s working committee. Once a trusted lieutenant of TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy today said that he will resign from the party and the MP’s post after Durga Puja. “I will reveal why I am resigning from the party after Durga Puja,” said Mukul Roy. Mukul Roy’s Subhransu Roy, however, maintained that he will continue to be with the Trinamool Congress. “no question of quitting TMC,” he said. Speculations are rife in West Bengal’s political corridors that Mukul Roy could be joining the BJP. If that happens, it could be a big boost for the saffron party in West Bengal where it had been trying to make inroads.
Reports of Mukul Roy cosying up to the BJP leadership were believed to have riled Mamata Banerjee and the TMC leadership following which he was removed as the chairman of Parliament’s standing committee on transport and tourism. While Mukul Roy made a formal announcement of his resignation from the Trinamool Congress today, talks of him leaving the party have been doing the rounds for a while. A few days ago, a senior Trinamool Congress leader said that “if Mamata is the heart of the Trinamool Congress, Mukul is the head. It looks like the heart and head are drifting apart”.