Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy joins BJP and Modi fan club


"I am sure that in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and Assembly elections in 2021, the BJP will win Bengal", he added.

"Happy to inform that Mukul Roy is joining BJP, we welcome him", Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a press conference. Briefing media, Mr. Roy said, it is his privilege to work under the top leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

Known for his composure, shrewdness and organisational ability, Roy purportedly called the shots with regard to promotions and postings of key administrative and police officers after the TMC came to power in West Bengal in 2011. Mr Roy had resigned from the Rajya Sabha and quit the TMC earlier this month.

BJP leaders expect Roy's entry will give party's prospect a fillip in West Bengal, where it is trying to build a robust organisation to match that of Trinamool and the Left front.

Roy had criticised the TMC's stand of opposing the BJP saying that the party was part of the NDA earlier. "His experience will benefit us immensely", Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress or TMC founder member Mukul Roy's induction into the BJP on Friday has evoked mixed reactions among the political parties in West Bengal with the ruling TMC refusing to attach any importance to the development and the state BJP unit welcoming it. He fell out with Mamta following differences over the growing influence of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee within the party. After quitting TMC, Roy had said members in a party "should be comrades and not servants". "He is no longer with the TMC and we are least bothered about him", a senior TMC leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy has finally joined the BJP officially, it was announced on Friday.

The CPI (M), however, viewed the development as a tacit understanding between the TMC and the BJP.

"Today a veteran public figure and political leader, Mukul Roy has joined BJP". BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya was also present on the occasion.

"Without BJP, the Trinamool Congress could not have established itself".