Whether the BJP’s Mukul Roy will return to the Trinamool Congress has change into the largest query in Bengal politics after a collection of indicative occasions that included his absence from a BJP assembly in Kolkata. Both BJP and the Trinamool Congress have largely maintained silence on the difficulty and Mr Roy has maintained the suspense. But on Wednesday night, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy dropped a really clear trace.
“There are many people who are in touch with Abhishek Banerjee and they want to come back. I feel they betrayed the party in a time of need,” Saugata Roy instructed NDTV. “The final decision will be taken by Mamata-di. But I feel the turncoats have to be divided in two parts — the softliners and hardliners”.
The tender liners, he went on to clarify, are those that left the get together however by no means insulted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The hardliners insulted her publicly.
“While Suvendu Adhikari badmouthed Mamata Banerjee after shifting, Mukul Roy never openly abused the chief Minister,” Mr Roy instructed NDTV.
The assertion is a large departure from the strongly guarded response on Mukul Roy to this point.
Mr Roy – as soon as the closet aide of Mamata Banerjee — was the get together’s first large chief to leap ship in 2017. Over the next years, he was seen as instrumental in persuading a bunch of Trinamool MLAs and leaders to shift loyalty.
Now Trinamool sources say many of those leaders – as many as 35 — are hoping to get again to the profitable workforce.
Speculation about Mukul Roy’s return began when Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Mamata Banerjee and a key chief of her get together, visited the hospital Mr Roy on the hospital the place his wie is admitted. It is believed that the very subsequent day Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally known as Mr Roy and had a dialog with him.
While BJP leaders maintained that the decision was meant to want a speedy restoration to Mr Roy’s spouse, many in Trinamool Congress see it as proof of the BJP’s nervousness about protecting its flock collectively.
Of late, many senior BJP leaders have been summoned to New Delhi. The checklist consists of Subhendu Adhikari, the Leader of Opposition in Bengal.
On Tuesday, Mr Adhikari met BJP chief JP Nadda and Union Home Home Minister Amit Shah. It was adopted by a gathering with PM Modi. After every assembly, Mr Adhikari appears to have maintained that it was associated to the post-poll violence in Bengal.
Mr Roy’s absence within the BJP’s suggestions and assessment meet has additionally fuelled hypothesis of an imminent rift between him and Mr Adhikari.
It is now more and more clear that Mr Adhikari is the one more likely to again the BJP.
His electoral victory in opposition to Mamata Banerjee within the fiercely contested battle in Nandigram has introduced him prominence within the get together. Not solely was he rewarded with the place of the Leader of Opposition, he was picked to attend the Prime Minister’s assessment assembly after the cyclone – a singular courtesy.