KOLKATA: Suspended Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday dropped hints on his future course of action by showering praise on BJP. Days before he is set to announce his separation with the Trinamool, Roy said, “BJP is not a communal party. Since its birth, the Trinamool built bridges with the BJP. In fact, the Trinamool was part of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.”
With Roy’s recent bonhomie with BJP a given now, speculation is rife whether he is going to join the party, or launch a new platform and act in tandem with the Centre as the BJP’s “utility man”. Even as TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee held that it wouldn’t be easy for Roy to split the party, TMC is keeping a close watch on at least 30 party MLAs, six MPs and four functionaries known to be in touch with Roy .Even if none of them followed in his footsteps yet, the exit of TMC’s once poll manager may come up as a bother for the party ahead of the panchayat elections.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, whom the rebel TMC leader sent his Bijoya greetings a few days ago, is all praise for Roy’s organisational abilities. “Mukul Roy is an adept organiser who took the party to where it is now. He is welcome, but before that he has to say that he wants to join the BJP. Our leaders will take a call,” Ghosh said hours after a BJP emissary from New Delhi met Roy in Kolkata.
Calling Roy’s decision a “personal blunder”, Chatterjee wondered how far the rebel leader would survive without Mamata Banerjee’s backing. “I am not aware of any of Mukul Roy loyalist…. We have no political standing without Mamata tag,” Chatterjee said.
Chatterjee argued that no individual could carve out an independent political career.But party insiders admitted that many TMC leaders were in touch with Roy , but were not in a mood to leave the party or ministerial posts.