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 formally quit the party's primary membership and as Rajya Sabha member after the Durga puja", said Roy. Roy said he would quit the Upper House after Durga Puja ends on September 30. With a heavy heart today, I have chose to separate myself from the party.
Roy said that he will reveal the reason behind this decision after Durga Puja. This development, as the state is celebrating Durga Puja with fervour, comes as a blow to Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee, who has been recently in news for allegedly trying appeasement politics in the name of Durga idol immersion.
The TMC while reacting sharply to the reports of his closeness with the BJP had said that a strict action will be taken against Roy. "If he (Roy) tries to cross his limits, the party will talk to him".
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Kolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy addressing the media in Kolkata on September 25, 2017.
According to the TMC, Roy, one of the founder members of the party, was suspended over ties with some rival party in West Bengal. I will mail my resignation from the party working committee today (Monday) itself. "At the same time, I will also leave the primary membership of the party", Roy further added.
He was earlier removed as the party's in-charge of Tripura, where the TMC was steadily making inroads till its members switched over to the BJP earlier this year. He was also instrumental in party strategy during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.