Party Members Should Be Comrades Not Servant, Says Mukul Roy After Resignation

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| October 11 , 2017 , 18:00 IST

After long displeasure within Trinamool Congress (TMC), one of the founding members of the party Mukul Roy finally resigned as party's Rajya Sabha member by submitting his resignation to the chairman of the upper house.

While the reason for his departure was speculated to have been him not getting important posts, the 63-year-old leader addressed the media after his resignation where he promised to tell why he left the party.

Roy said, "With a heavy heart and heavy pain, I am compelled to submit my resignation. Party members should be comrades and not servants. But one-man parties do not work like that".

"Mamata Banerjee had instructed me in 2004 to have a meeting with Sangh leaders. I met them in Kolkata. In 2003, Banerjee had herself met (late VHP leader) Ashok Singhal at her residence. So it is not new for me," he said.

On the other hand, TMC has been bad mouthing the now former TMC leader.

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Party secretary general and state minister Partha Chatterjee said, "Mukul has done very 'kancha (raw) politics. He has succumbed to the pressure from BJP and the CBI."

Terming Roy as a "political nobody", Chatterjee said, "He is just a gas balloon. If Mamata Banerjee punctures him, he will become nothing."

"Even his neighbours didn't know who he was. Mamata Banerjee not only made him an MP, but also India's Rail Minister. What else can you want," he said responding to the reports that party leader Mukul Roy was leaving because he wasn't getting important posts.

Mukul Roy was one of the founding members of TMC. He has been in the party from the beginning and was considered Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's right-hand man.

As the leader leaves the only political party he has ever been in, speculations are rising over his possible inclusion in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) given his recent meetings with their top leaders.