NEW DELHI: Launching a nuanced attack on the party he had helped found, rebel Trinamool MP Mukul Roy resigned from all party posts and the Rajya Sabha too on Wednesday , but opted to give its supremo Mamata Banerjee a clean chit in the Narada and Saradha controversies.
Roy’s press conference in Delhi after his resignation from Parliament lacked any bombshell disclosures about his erstwhile party; the fireworks, in all probability, would have to wait till after Diwali and the vacation he said he would be taking till then.
He did not specify whether he would join the BJP after Diwali but the absence of a single line against it gave enough indication where he was headed. The state unit of the BJP, however, played it cool in Kolkata. “I think that ball is still in Trinamool’s court. Roy has to spell out that he wants to join the BJP and we will then take a call,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said. He added, a leader like Roy would be valuable for any political party .
Roy’s resignation prompted state education minister Partha Chatterjee to call it “good riddance”. Trinamool chief Banerjee called an extended core committee meeting of the party at Nazrul Mancha on October 27 and party leaders feared Roy had not shown his en tire hand but kept the choicest weapons in his arsenal for use after the Diwali intermission. The Trinamool organisational meeting may be used to decide what to do with the Trojan horses -Roy’s old loyalists –who might do more harm as it prepares for next year’s panchayat polls.