Mukul Roy lashed out at his ex-party Trinamool Congress for “dynasty politics” after resigning from his Rajya Sabha seat and gave up his membership of Trinamool Congress.
Talking to the media soon after his resignation, Roy looked emotional and said that he was compelled to quit Trinamool and has done so with a “heavy heart”. He recalled how he was a founding member of the party and how he worked for its growth from its inception.
“A party should have certain principles. Sometimes Trinamool Congress is with the BJP, sometimes they are with the Congress. They sometimes term the BJP as communal, sometimes say they are not communal,” he said.
He further took an indirect dig at Mamata Banerjee and said – “Nationalised parties are needed for country’s betterment. Since the inception of the party, we have considered Mamata Banerjee as the leader. But I think we all are comrades of a party, not servants of an individual.”
Roy did not specify if he will join BJP or revive his Nationalist Trinamool Congress. But he gave broad indications that he would like to join the BJP. He said he is in touch with BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Kailash Vijayvargiya. “BJP is not a communal party,” Roy said in reply to a question.
Responding to Mukul Roy’s statements, education minister Partha Chatterjee said the party was relieved after Roy quit and his rants have no meaning for the leadership.
“He insulted our party supremo Mamata Banerjee by saying a ‘one-man party’ is bad for the country. Nothing can be more insulting when he made false allegation against her saying that he was directed to meet RSS people,” Chatterjee lashed out at Roy.
On Roy’s comments that workers are comrades not servants of an individual, Chatterjee said – “What does he mean? Are we servants? We are the volunteers. We do serve the state and people of Bengal.”
-with inputs from the Economic Times