Atul Roy in a file photo.
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Siliguri: Atul Roy, president of the Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP), has parted ways with the Trinamool and has announced hopping onto BJP’s chariot ahead of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

KPP is a political party of the ethnic Rajbongshi community in north Bengal and champions the cause of Kamtapuri dialect.

Roy today told a news conference in Jalpaiguri today that he has stepped down as the vice chairman of Bengal government’s Kamtapuri Bhasa Academy with immediate effect and will attend BJP president Amit Shah’s rally at Cooch Behar on 7 December.

“A delegation led by me went to Delhi last Saturday and met central BJP leadership. They have assured us that Kamtapuri language will be incorporated in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution in the Winter Session of the Parliament. Shah will announce this in Cooch Behar in my presence.”

“Hence, it will not be ethical on my part to continue in the state government’s body. I have sent my resignation letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Roy said.

Asked whether KPP will back BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Roy, who is a master in changing political camps, said that the matter will be decided later.

“We had backed BJP in the 2014 elections as it had included our language demand in its manifesto. Let us wait for its materialisation in the Winter Session and then our central committee will take a call on the Lok Sabha polls,” he concluded.

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