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Mukul Roy eyes panchayat poll debut

PTI
Published : Oct 8, 2017, 6:24 am IST
Updated : Oct 8, 2017, 6:24 am IST

The suspended TMC leader is in the national capital to submit his resignation next week from his Rajya Sabha seat.

Mukul Roy
 Mukul Roy

New Delhi: Suspended Trinamul Congress leader Mukul Roy is likely to float a new political outfit and target next year’s panchayat polls in West Bengal to test the political waters in the state.

Mr Roy has sparked rumours of joining the BJP after coming out with statements that seem to indicate a softening of stand towards the saffron party. However, BJP sources felt that Mr Roy is likely to form his own political outfit to show off his political strength to it.

 

“I have candidates for every single seat for the first tier of panchyat polls. But I will chalk out my future course of action after I resign from Rajya Sabha,” Mr  Roy told reporters here.

The suspended TMC leader is in the national capital to submit his resignation next week from his Rajya Sabha seat. He has already sought an appointment with the upper house chairman to hand over his resignation in person. 

Once the second-in-command in the TMC after chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr Roy was suspended for six years for “anti-party activities” after he said on September 25 that he would resign from the party after Durga Puja.

 

One of the founding members of the Trinamul Congress, he said he will continue to play an active political role and is exploring various options, including floating his own party.

He remained tight-lipped on joining the Bharatiya Janata Party but said he never thought it is a “communal party”.

After his resignation, he said, he is free to chalk out his own political path. Mr Roy was said to be the “mastermind” behind the Nationalist Trinamul Congress party, a political outfit which registered itself with the Election Commission in 2015. 

He claimed he is in touch with many “party workers and leaders of  TMC” besides “many people who are dissatisfied” with the party.

 

After arriving in Delhi on Friday evening, he met Bengal Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and expelled CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee on Saturday. Mr Chowdhury and Mr Banerjee had been in the news for their perceived closeness to BJP.     

Tags: mukul roy quits tmc, panchayat polls, rajya sabha
Location: India, West Bengal, Calcutta [Kolkata]