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Mukul Roy likely to ditch BJP, return to Trinamool

After he quit the Trinamool Congress and was appointed the BJP national vice president in the run-up to the Bengal assembly election

Once a close aide of Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy, who joined the BJP with much fanfare, is likely to return to Trinamool Congress (AITC) along with his son Subhrangshu Roy.

Mukul Roy met AITC supremo Mamata Banerjee at the AITC headquarters this afternoon along with his son Subhrangshu. Mamata Banerjee has a prescheduled meeting at the AITC headquarters on 11 June.

AITC MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is likely to be present at the meeting.

Abhishek Banerjee had recently visited Mukul Roy’s ailing wife in hospital, triggering speculation about a possible change in the equation between them. Mukul Roy was missing from 8 June meeting called by the state BJP leadership.

After Mukul Roy quit AITC in 2017, he was appointed the BJP national vice-president in the run-up to the Bengal assembly election. However, the way the BJP campaign in the state shaped up, it did not appear Mukul Roy was one of the leading strategists of the challenger.

Mukul Roy, a former lieutenant of Mamata Banerjee, had left the AITC over alleged disagreements with the party’s top leadership on multiple issues, including differences with Abhishek Banerjee.

Today’s meeting assumes significance as it comes in the backdrop of reports claiming that Roy could return to AITC. Both BJP and AITC have, however, maintained silence on the issue.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy told a news channel that the party turncoats have to be divided into soft liners, who did not badmouth Mamata Banerjee after leaving the party, and hardliners who insulted the chief minister. “While Suvendu Adhikari badmouthed Mamata Banerjee after shifting, Mukul Roy never openly abused the chief Minister,” Saugata Roy told the channel. Many saw this as a clear hint that Roy is all set to return to AITC.

Sources inform that the growing popularity of the Leader of the Opposition in Bengal Suvendu Adhikari in BJP was one of the many reasons behind the growing rift between Roy and BJP.

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