A month after the Trinamool Congress registered a landslide victory in West Bengal Assembly polls, BJP nationwide vice chairman Mukul Roy, alongside along with his son Subhranshu Roy, rejoined the Mamata Banerjee-led celebration on Friday. Roy, the West Bengal Chief Minister’s former No. 2, is believed to be one of many chief architects of BJP’s gradual however regular progress in West Bengal after he joined the celebration in 2017.
A take a look at Mukul Roy’s political profession graph
From Congress youth chief to AITC founding member
Mukul Roy began his political profession as a Youth Congress chief, across the similar time as Mamata Banerjee was a part of the outfit. He was among the many founding members of the All India Trinamool Congress when Mamata floated it in January 1998 after breaking off from the Congress. Soon, Roy emerged because the celebration’s face in Delhi, and in 2006, was made its normal secretary and earned a seat within the Rajya Sabha. In the UPA II authorities, he served initially as Minister of State, Shipping, earlier than taking on as Railways Minister — a portfolio Mamata held until she moved to Bengal because the CM.
Narada, Saradha and his fallout with Mamata
Roy and Mamata lastly fell out in 2015 after his identify got here up within the Saradha rip-off in addition to the Narada sting operation by which a number of Trinamool leaders, together with Roy, had been allegedly seen taking bribes on digicam. In September 2017, Roy was suspended from the Trinamool for six years.
Stint with BJP
Roy formally joined the BJP in November. The man dubbed “Chanakya” of Bengal politics labored on the bottom serving to the BJP construct base within the state, and is credited with the celebration successful 18 seats within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Among the leaders believed to have been dropped at the BJP by Roy had been his son and MLA Subrangsu Roy, other than Trinamool legislators Sovan Chatterjee and Sabyasachi Dutta, and Sunil Singh, Biswajit Das, Wilson Champamary, and Mihir Goswami. He additionally performed a key position within the BJP’s success in wooing over Trinamool stars equivalent to Suvendu Adhikari, Rajib Banerjee and Jitendra Tiwari.
In 2021 Assembly elections, he received Krishnangar Uttar seat for BJP defeating actor-turned-politician Kaushani Mukherjee who had contested on TMC ticket.
Roy’s second innings with TMC
Speculations had been rife about his return to the Trinamool Congress after Abhishek Banerjee visited Roy’s spouse in hospital the place she was being handled for Covid-19. Roy’s son, Subrangshu had not too long ago praised Banerjee for her dealing with of Covid pandemic and the post-Cyclone Yaas scenario.
On Friday, Roy went to Trinamool Bhawan with Subhranshu and held a gathering with Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and different senior leaders of the celebration earlier than returning to the celebration fold.