In a big blow to West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy on Wednesday resigned from Rajya Sabha as TMC MP. Mukul Roy submitted his resignation to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi. Speculation is rife in political circles on whether suspended Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy will join the BJP or form a new political outfit. Earlier, Roy met the BJP’s West Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya at the residence of Rajya Sabha House Committee chairperson Om Mathur on Monday. Roy had said though the meeting with Vijayvargiya was not scheduled, the BJP leader had asked about his plans. He also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week.
Once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Banerjee, Roy was suspended for six years for anti-party activities last month. The TMC had accused him of hobnobbing with the BJP.
“I am not saying I will join the BJP or I will not join (it). Only time will tell. Please wait for a few days,” Roy had recently said, according to report in PTI. His supporters said like Himanta Biswa Sarma, who left the ruling Congress in Assam to join the BJP, which came to power in the 2016 state polls, Roy would defeat the TMC in Bengal in the coming days, as per PTI. However, his detractors believed that without Mamata Banerjee, he would be a spent force.