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Mukul Roy won the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections on a BJP ticket and later returned to TMC after the results were declared. (File photo/ANI)
Roy said the saffron camp would do well in the upcoming panchayat elections in Bengal, and the party would easily achieve the target of winning more than 35 Lok Sabha seats in 2024, set by Amit Shah last week.
Veteran Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, who has expressed his desire to work for the BJP in future, on Wednesday said he is a soldier of the saffron camp, and there is no question of resigning from the TMC as he will never be “mental”. formally” were not. With the party even after rejoining in 2021.
The founding members of TMC switched to the BJP in 2017. He won the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election as a candidate of the saffron party. Roy, however, returned to TMC soon after the assembly election results, complaining of mistreatment by the leadership of the saffron camp. He did not resign from the House and is technically still a BJP MLA.
In a telephonic interview with PTI from New Delhi, Roy said the saffron camp would do well in the upcoming panchayat elections in Bengal, and the party would easily achieve the target of winning more than 35 Lok Sabha seats in 2024, which Amit Shah had set for was scheduled last week.
“I am absolutely fit and fine. Some people are spreading rumors that I am ill, but it is not true. I am a BJP MLA and have come here to be with the party. I want to work for my party BJP I am. I was.” Never mentally stayed with TMC after I quit,” the 69-year-old politician said.
Asked about his post-2021 stint with the TMC, Roy said, “I was not well at that time and was never mentally a part of it.” Since his return to TMC, Roy has stayed away from the public glare citing ill health.
According to his doctors and his son, Roy suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He also had a neurological operation last month.
Asked whether he would resign from TMC, Roy said, “There is no question of resigning from TMC as I am not officially a part of it. I am still a BJP MLA.” Roy, however, refused to comment on TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s remark that he is a BJP MLA and it is his business whether he wants to go to Delhi.
Speaking about TMC’s prospects in the panchayat polls and Lok Sabha polls next year, he said, “TMC will not do well. The BJP will do well in the panchayat elections and will aim for more than 35 Lok Sabha seats in the next parliamentary elections. The people of Bengal want change. He said that he would soon meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda and start working for the BJP.
Asked whether he spoke to his son Subhranshu, who claimed he needed medical attention and his comments should not be taken seriously, Roy replied in the affirmative.
“I spoke to him and he was a little worried as I had suddenly come to Delhi,” he said.
Roy, who traveled to New Delhi on Monday night for “some personal work”, even as his family initially claimed he was “missing”, only to later use the TMC leader to attack the BJP. who are unwell and not in the “right frame of mind”.
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