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Mamata removes Mukul, brings in Derek O’ Brien

Mamata removes Mukul, brings in Derek O’ Brien
An official communiqué is likely to be issued on Saturday in a party meeting in Kolkata, where Roy will not be present.

In the context of his removal from the chairman’s post and leader of the party in  Rajya Sabha, Roy said, “I came to know about the decision from the media but I have not received any official communication from the party. I have nothing to say since it is a party decision.” Roy, who is in New Delhi, meanwhile took veiled potshots at the leadership while showing sympathy for another party MP Subhendu Adhikari. He said, “Subhendu’s removal from the youth wing was a wrong decision of the party. Though I was also a part of that decision but now I personally feel that he has the potential to take the party forward at the national level.” Among the many reasons for the rift between Mamata and Roy is the growing clout of her nephew and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee who was made president of the Trinamool Youth Congress some months ago.

On his meeting with union finance minister Arun Jaitley, he said, “I had a brief meeting with him in the Parliament. I just went and stood at the entrance of his room and complimented him for a well scripted speech. There was nothing more to that.

I did not even enter the room.” Ever since Roy was questioned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, his relationship with Mamata has turned bitter. He is alleged to have assured the probe agency of “full cooperation”. There were speculations that Roy might turn against Mamata to save himself, which angered the TMC supremo.

For the last few weeks, Roy was desperate to meet senior BJP leaders including party President Amit Shah reportedly to set up an anti-Mamata platform in West Bengal by joining the party. According to the BJP sources, it is impossible for the party to entertain Roy because of his alleged connection in the ponzi scam, which was raised by them in Bengal. “This (ponzi) is the issue, which we will raise repeatedly till the state election in Bengal. There is no question to entertain Roy, who was questioned by the CBI in this connection. The BJP does not want a single TMC leader who has a Saradha taint and the top leadership has made this very clear to the members of its West Bengal unit. Those whose names are not there in the scam will be welcomed by the party,” BJP sources said.

So far only 3 leaders are expected to join Roy’s camp including his son Subranshu, Silbhadra Dutta and Haldia MLA Shiuli Saha.

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