Mukul Roy, the BJP’s first import from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in Bengal, returned to his former get together in the present day together with son Shubhranshu, to a a lot hotter welcome than he could have anticipated.
“Ghorer chhele ghore phirlo (Mukul has returned residence),” stated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He was by no means a traitor just like the others, she pressured.
“Sure, extra will come,” she confirmed when reporters requested. “As , outdated is at all times gold.”
Mukul Roy instructed reporters: “I really feel nice at seeing my outdated colleagues, after leaving the BJP. I am unable to be within the BJP. No one will stay within the BJP.” He went on to explain the Chief Minister as “the one chief of Bengal and India”.
To the uncomfortable query of his repeated assaults on “Didi” up to now few years, Mr Roy replied: “I by no means had any variations with Mamata Banerjee.” Coming to his rescue, Ms Banerjee instructed reporters: “Do not attempt to create variations.”
Requested about Suvendu Adhikari, the Chief Minister snapped: “Solely those that are sober and those that do not encourage bitterness are welcome again.”
She stated Mr Roy joined the BJP as a result of he was “threatened by companies”; he’s named within the FIR within the Narada bribery case involving allegations of Trinamool leaders accepting bribes on digital camera. So is Suvendu Adhikari, who was spared when 4 Trinamool leaders had been not too long ago arrested.
Sources say Mr Roy was the primary goal of Ms Banerjee’s Operation “Return of the Prodigal”, because it had been.
Ms Banerjee had signalled it throughout the election campaigning, when she stated at a public rally: “Mukul Roy isn’t a foul as Suvendu Adhikari”.
A founder member of the Trinamool, Mr Roy was its Basic Secretary when he stop; the put up has now gone to the Chief Minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who first reached out to Mr Roy and his household.
Abhishek Banerjee final week visited Mr Roy on the hospital the place his spouse is admitted. The very subsequent day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly spoke to Mr Roy on the telephone to ask after his spouse’s well being, reflecting the BJP’s nervousness.
The homecoming of its leaders, together with those that switched simply earlier than the April-Might Bengal election, is a part of the Trinamool’s ahead planning for 2024. Its objective is to stop a repeat of 2019, when the BJP scored large positive aspects on the Trinamool’s price.
Mr Roy’s return was key.
He was instrumental within the BJP’s hopes for a political coup in Bengal and even delivered in 2019, however the dream soured by the point it got here to the state election.
Sources say Mukul Roy had instructed shut associates about feeling “suffocated” within the get together. His frustration was amplified by the BJP’s defeat within the Bengal election. The previous Trinamool MP concluded that the BJP’s political tradition and ethos is alien to Bengal and it’s doomed to stay an “outsider” within the foreseeable future.
The primary supply of his resentment was Suvendu Adhikari, one other Mamata Banerjee aide who shortly grew to become the BJP’s most-favoured after he joined the get together in December. The BJP has invested closely in Mr Adhikari, whose victory over Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram turned out to be the one solace for the get together in an in any other case disappointing outing.
Sources say many former Trinamool leaders who adopted Mr Adhikari earlier than the Bengal election wish to come again.
The Trinamool, say sources, is raring to “strike whereas the iron is scorching” and break a piece off the BJP, ideally a much bigger one than the part that left the Trinamool earlier than the election.