This is after a long gap of 11 months that Roy met Banerjee and held a meeting. Though Roy described the meeting as a courtesy call, party workers consider this to be a New Year gift.
During the rift both Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy remained silent on the issue. Despite provocation by a section of the press, Roy did not say a single word against the party but it was certain that there was a difference in opinion between him and party supremo.
Rumours were also rife that Roy was floating a new party. There was also whisperings that he was going to join the BJP. Party workers said that as Roy was an election expert the party would do well in the 2016 Assembly polls because of his strategy. “The meeting has sent a message to end differences within the party,” a worker said.
In North 24 Parganas Trinamool party workers expressed happiness over the meeting. It may be recalled that in November last year Subrangshu Roy, Roy’s son who is also an MLA had said that his father was very much a part of the party.
Meanwhile, Trinamool has launched a week-long campaign in every block to make people aware about the withdrawal of several schemes or curtailment of funds by the Centre.