Kolkata, 01 January: THE reconciliation between Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy seems to have come to a full circle today with the latter visiting Trinamool supremo’s Kalighat residence after 11 months.
Roy, the one-time second in command of Trinamool Congress, had stopped visiting Banerjee’s residence after he was quizzed by CBI in the Saradha Scam for the second time on 30 January last year. During the questioning, Roy reportedly told CBI “more than what was needed” about the multi-crore scam.
Soon after that, the founder general secretary of the Trinamool was removed from the post by Mamata Banerjee on 28 February. Ever since, Roy was reduced to an ordinary party member and he stayed away from all activities of the Trinamool Congress.
Today, Roy went to Banerjee’s residence in the evening and had a near 40-minute meeting with her. After the meeting, Roy straightway went to his city residence at Nizam Palace.
After the meeting, Roy said that they have discussed “various aspects of the party organisation and the prevailing political situation.” “I am a Trinamool MP, hence I went to meet her on the party’s foundation day. We have had a long discussion covering various aspects of party and politics.”
Political observers opine that today’s meeting has made it concerte that Roy would soon be back into a central role in the Trinamool Congress. This may happen latest by the first week of February.
Earlier in the day, Roy attended a Trinamool Congress 18th foundation day event at Halisahar in North 24-Parganas. There, speaking to journalists he said that Trinamool Congress has proved its electoral might in all the elections and by-elections since 2011.
“Let CPI-M and Congress form an alliance, I still think Trinamool will have an easy sail in Assembly polls this year,” he said.
That, a reconciliation was under process between the Trinamool Congress and Roy was becoming evident from a series of events since late November last year. Below is the reconciliation timeline:
- Trinamool Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien, and Parliamentary Party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, share hot soup with Mukul Roy at the Central Hall of Parliament on 27 November.
- Mamata Banerjee, while on a visit to Delhi, invites Roy for dinner at her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s residence on 09 December. The two discuss politics over dinner.
- Mukul Roy is included in a delegation of Trinamool MPs that called on Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla in Delhi on 16 December.