Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy resigns from Rajya Sabha, Party

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy resigns from Rajya Sabha, Party

All should be "comrades in a party and not servants".

With Mukul Roy quitting the TMC and his Rajya Sabha seat today, the TMC has hinted that Roy had to resign as the BJP had unleashed the CBI after him.

Roy, who is now in Delhi, had earlier this week met BJP leader in charge of West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, who had said the saffron party was not in a hurry to induct him.

"With deep pain in my heart, I do hereby submit my resignation from Membership of Parliament, Rajya Sabha with effect from afternoon of 11th October, 2017", Roy said in the resignation letter.

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Roy was a Youth Congress worker in the 1990s when he became a close associate of Banerjee, then the West Bengal Youth Congress president. Unlike other lawmakers of the party, who were arrested, he emerged smiling. With the TMC accusing him of hobnobbing with the BJP, he quit the party.

A former Union minister - he held the Rail portfolio and was minister of state for shipping - Roy was a poll strategist for the TMC, importing the system of poaching on elected representatives of opposition parties.

Ghosh said there was no denying that the TMC had expanded because of Roy's organisational skills. "But if he (Roy) is found guilty in the Narada and Saradha cases, we will not induct him into the party", the BJP leader said. All should be "comrades in a party and not servants".

Once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Banerjee, Roy was suspended for six years for "anti-party activities" last month.

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