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TMC MP Mukul Roy Resigns As Rajya Sabha Member, Set To Join BJP

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| October 11 , 2017 , 16:31 IST

Days after his statement about resigning as Rajya Sabha member, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy has carried out his word by submitting his resignation to the chairman of the upper house.

News Agency ANI reported, "Mukul Roy submits his resignation from Rajya Sabha as TMC MP, to Vice President and RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu."

Roy on October 9 had said, "Finally, I am going to hand over my resignation to the Vice President on October 11 and then I will tell the people of this country why I decided to end my long political innings with the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the party I founded with many others."

As speculations are rife that the leader may look to join the Bharatiya Janata Party, Roy has also not made any comments to eliminate that as an option.

"I am not saying that I will join the BJP or I won't join it. Only time will tell, please wait for a few days," he had earlier said.

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Roy's decision has soured his relationship with the TMC as clear from party secretary-general Partha Chatterjee's recent attack.

He said, "His political career is going to plunge and will soon cease to exist. His attempts to please the BJP will not bear any results."

Addressing a media conference in Kolkata last month, the senior leader had first announced that he will quit the party in the coming time.

He had said, "With a heavy heart, I am announcing that I will quit as the primary party member of the Trinamool Congress."

Without giving detailed information, the founding members of TMC, Roy had said that he was not getting important posts despite his role in the party during its origin in 1997.

Earlier, there were also reports that the leader had been meeting BJP leaders. TMC had also expressed their displeasure over the issue saying he wasn't meeting the BJP leaders on the party's command.

On the other hand, BJP has neither confirmed nor denied the reports of Mukul Roy meeting their leaders.