Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has sought the disqualification of Mukul Roy from the Krishnanagar Uttar Assembly constituency. Recently, Roy defected to TMC from Congress leaving the saffron party embarrassed at a time it is struggling to keep its pack together in West Bengal.
Adhikari has approached Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee on Friday in this regard. The petition sent by the BJP leader to the Speaker reads, “Respected Sir, Petition for Disqualification of Sri Mukul Roy, Member of Legislative Assembly from 83, Krishnanagar Uttar Assembly Constituency is enclosed herewith. I request you to dispose of the same as soon as possible. Please acknowledge receipt of the same.”
Demand for resignation
Adhikari had earlier demanded the resignation of Roy under the anti-defection law for joining TMC after getting elected to the West Bengal Assembly on a BJP ticket. “Todna-Jodna is part of TMC’s dirty politics. They have been doing this for the past 10 years and nobody opposed it. But it is being opposed now and action will be taken under the anti-defection law,” Adhikari had said.
Mukul Roy dumped BJP
On June 11, Mukul Roy, the BJP’s national vice president, returned to TMC ending weeks of speculations. His son, Shubhranshu, also returned to TMC. He was felicitated by TMC MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee at the TMC headquarters.
On his return, Mukul Roy said, “I feel great at seeing my old colleagues, after leaving the BJP. I cannot be in the BJP.” He described Mamata Banerjee as “the only leader of Bengal and India”. On being questioned about his repeated attacks on Banerjee in the past, Roy said that he never had any differences with “didi”.
Earlier this month, Abhishek Banerjee visited Roy at the hospital where his wife is admitted. The very next day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly spoke to Roy on the phone to ask about his wife’s health, reflecting the BJP’s nervousness.
The homecoming of its leaders, including those who switched just before the April-May Bengal election, is part of the Trinamool’s planning for 2024. Its goal is to prevent a repeat of 2019 when the BJP scored big gains at the TMC’s cost.
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