Mukul Roy resigns as TMC MP, gives up Rajya Sabha membership

Mukul Roy resigns as TMC MP, gives up Rajya Sabha membership

Mr. Roy said that since its inception, the party supported the BJP till 2007 and then were a part of the United Progressive Alliance government from 2009 to 2012.

The former TMC heavyweight had met senior BJP leaders fuelling speculation that he was getting close to the party.

"Inducting Mukul Roy will do harm to the image of the party".

"The day CBI went after him, he realized that other than BJP he has no respite", TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told the media. "His attempts to please the BJP will not bear any results".

He had said, "With a heavy heart, I am announcing that I will quit as the primary party member of the Trinamool Congress".

Speaking to the reporters, Mukul Roy stated that the parties should consider all of its members as one.

Mukul Roy, the rebel leader from Trinamool Congress has today resigned from his Rajya Sabha seat.

Roy, who was the railway minister from March 20, 2012 to September 21, 2012, had said though the meeting with Vijayvargiya was not scheduled, the BJP leader had asked him about his plans.

Given the task of expanding the party's organisation in West Bengal, Roy, who had lost in the 2001 state assembly election, became the face of the party in New Delhi after he was sent to the Upper House of Parliament in 2006 and appointed as the TMC general secretary.

The BJP was "like the river Ganga, where various small rivers meet", he said.