Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy has finally joined the BJP officially, it was announced on Friday.
“Happy to inform that Mukul Roy is joining BJP, we welcome him,” senior party leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a press conference.
“His experience will benefit us surely I believe,” said Prasad. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya was also present on the occasion.
Talking to journalists, Roy said he would be privileged to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Today I have joined BJP and it’s my proud privilege to work under PM Modi,” he said.
Once TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s right hand man, Roy fell out with her and had quit TMC last month and resigned from Rajya Sabha membership. After quitting from TMC, Roy had said members in a party “should be comrades and not servants”.
Amid speculation of his joining the BJP, Roy had said that in 1998, when the TMC had seat sharing arrangement with the saffron party in West Bengal, its leadership had said that BJP is not communal. He recalled that he was one of the signatories when the Election Commission had recognised the TMC as a political party.
“Without BJP, the Trinamool Congress could not have established itself. In the near future, BJP will grab power in West Bengal,” said Roy.
Prasad said that with ‘veteran political leader’ Roy’s entry into the saffron party, the BJP will do ‘great things’ in West Bengal. He stressed that the former TMC leader had expressed his desire to join the BJP ‘without any conditions’.
Roy was suspended for six years for “anti-party activities” by the TMC following his announcement on September 25 that he would resign from the party after Durga Puja. He had been reaching out to BJP and RSS leaders soon after leaving TMC and his joining the saffron party was a matter of time.