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TMC Founding Member Mukul Roy To Quit Party, May Join BJP

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| September 25 , 2017 , 19:32 IST

Senior leader of West Bengal based political party Trinamool Congress (TMC) and a key player in the state government, Mukul Roy has, on Monday, announced his exit from the party.

Addressing a media conference in Kolkata, the senior leader said, "With a heavy heart, I am announcing that I will quit as the primary party member of the Trinamool Congress."

News agency ANI reported Roy's resignation will come after the Durga Puja celebrations in the state.

One of the founding members of the party, Roy in his announcement said that he was not getting important posts despite his role in the party during its origin in 1997.

Without giving detailed information about his decision, he said, "I will formally quit the party's primary membership and as Rajya Sabha member after the Durga puja."

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"The Durga puja is now on. After the Durga puja break, I will explain everything," he added.

This announcement comes in the lights of reports that the TMC leader was planning to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee had earlier said, "We have come across reports and instances where Roy has been seen meeting BJP leaders. The party has not asked him to meet anybody. He might be meeting them in his personal capacity. Only he knows why he is meeting BJP leaders and what the is the reason behind it."

Chatterjee had added, "Those who keep in touch with BJP leaders or are found to be hobnobbing with them cannot be a friend of TMC. The party will never tolerate it. If he (Roy) tries to cross his limits, the party will talk to him."

Leading the opposition in Delhi, Congress had also supported TMC's stand saying that anyone who is friends with BJP cannot be TMC's friend. The party also said that the party has put him on observation.

On the other hand, BJP has rubbished the reports saying that the party has nothing to do with Roy.