- BJP seeks Mukul Roy’s disqualification from the assembly
- Roy, on 11th June, quit BJP and joined TMC
- In 2017, Roy had quit TMC to join BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suvendu Adhikari has submitted a petition to the Assembly speaker of West Bengal, seeking the disqualification of Trinamool Congress’ leader Mukul Roy from the 83-Krishnanagar Uttar assembly constituency.
On Thursday, he stated that all paperwork to back the BJP’s demand is completed but could not be submitted as the receive section was shut.
Earlier, Adhikari has threatened to approach the speaker demanding the application of the anti-defection law against Roy if he does not resign.
He had said, “An MLA from Krishnanagar Uttar has changed party, and we hope he will resign from the membership of the assembly.
“If he does not resign by tomorrow, we will write to the Speaker on Wednesday seeking application of the anti-defection law”.
Adhikari who is the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly, had said BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav along with the Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad are “looking into the matter” and legal steps will be taken after seeking their opinion.
In the meantime, TMC responded to the petition and questioned Adhikari if he ever asked his father Sisir Adhikari, also a turncoat, to resign as the MP of the Kanthi Lok Sabha seat after joining the BJP.
The General Secretary of TMC state unit Kunal Ghosh said that the law will take its course, however, Suvendu Adhikari has no right to speak on the issue.
He said, “Suvendu must look at the mirror before raising such demands. Has he ever asked his father Sisir Adhikari to quit as the MP of Kanthi, which he had won on a TMC ticket?”
Mukul Roy contested the assembly polls on a BJP ticket before defecting from the saffron party to TMC on the 11th of June. He had gone to the BJP side in 2017 after he quit West Bengal’s ruling front, TMC, of which he was once the second-in-command after Mamata Banerjee.
Roy’s son Subhranshu Roy, who too joined the BJP, has also returned to TMC.
After welcoming the father-son duo, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said “He will play an important role in the party.”
The TMC leader said, “Mukul Roy was threatened in BJP, it affected his health.”
As per the report from PTI, Roy, who was the national vice president of the BJP, was unhappy with the role and responsibility that he was handed during the elections.
After Roy rejoined TMC, many leaders from the saffron party, including MP Sunil Mondal, Rajib Banerjee, have voiced their concerns and criticism against the saffron party, reported news agency ANI.
Kunal Ghosh, General Secretary of TMC, on Thursday, reportedly said that seven to eight BJP MLA along with three MPs are in touch with TMC and wanted to rejoin the party.
“Seven to eight BJP MLA along with three MPs are in touch with TMC and they want to join the TMC. They have claimed that they are not happy in BJP as they are not getting space to serve the people,” said Ghosh.