Mukul Roy, the BJP’s first import from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in Bengal, returned to his former social gathering collectively along with his son Shubhranshu immediately, ending weeks of hypothesis.
“Ghorer chhele ghore phirlo (Mukul has returned house), “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated. He was by no means a traitor just like the others, he burdened.
“Sure, extra will come,” he confirmed when requested by journalists. “As you recognize, outdated is at all times gold.”
Mukul Roy instructed reporters: “I really feel excellent seeing my former colleagues, after leaving the BJP. I can’t be within the BJP.” He went on to explain the Chief Minister as “the only chief of Bengal and India.”
To the uncomfortable query of his repeated assaults on “Didi” lately, Mr. Roy replied, “I by no means had any distinction with Mamata Banerjee.” Coming to her rescue, Ms. Banerjee instructed reporters: “Do not attempt to make a distinction.”
On Suvendu Adhikari’s query, the Chief Minister snapped: “Solely those that are sober and people who don’t foster bitterness are welcome.”
Sources say that Roy was the primary goal of Banerjee’s “Return of the Prodigal” operation, so to talk.
Ms. Banerjee had pointed this out in the course of the election marketing campaign, when she stated at a public rally: “Mukul Roy shouldn’t be as dangerous as Suvendu Adhikari.”
Founding member of Trinamool, Mr. Roy was its Basic Secretary when he resigned; the place has now gone to the Chief Minister’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, who first approached Mr. Roy and his household.
Abhishek Banerjee visited Mr. Roy on the hospital the place his spouse is admitted final week. The following day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly spoke to Roy by telephone to ask about his spouse’s well being, reflecting the nervousness of the BJP.
The homecoming of its leaders, together with those that modified simply earlier than the April-Might elections in Bengal, is a part of Trinamool’s early planning for 2024. Its purpose is to keep away from a repeat of 2019, when the BJP made large beneficial properties. on the expense of Trinamool.
The return of Mr. Roy was key.
For the BJP, it had been a serious acquisition that had fanned their hopes of a political coup in Bengal. Roy and his supporters delivered in 2019, however the dream turned bitter when the state elections rolled round.
Sources say Mukul Roy had instructed shut associates that he felt “suffocated” within the social gathering. His frustration was amplified by the defeat of the BJP within the Bengal elections. The previous Trinamool MP concluded that the BJP’s political tradition and values are alien to Bengal and it’s doomed to stay an “outsider” for the foreseeable future.
“No person has a finger on the heart beat of the individuals like Mamata Banerjee,” sources near Mukul Roy stated, citing the chief. “Actually not the BJP or those that have jumped off Trinamool,” he would have stated.
His resentment is believed to be directed at Suvendu Adhikari, one other Mamata Banerjee aide who shortly turned a BJP favourite after becoming a member of the social gathering in December. The BJP has invested closely in Adhikari, whose victory over Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram turned out to be the one comfort for the match in an in any other case disappointing outing.
Sources say that many former Trinamool leaders who adopted Adhikari earlier than the Bengal elections need to return.
After a very long time, Trinamool has these defectors precisely the place it desires them. Sources say the social gathering is raring to “strike whereas the iron is sizzling” and break a bit of the BJP, ideally one bigger than the part Trinamool left earlier than the elections.