TWO DAYS after Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy met party chief Mamata Banerjee at her Kolkata residence after a gap of 10 months, senior members of the proposed Nationalist Trinamool Party — which sources had said the Rajya Sabha MP would head — said they would like to ally with ruling party.
Amitabha Majumder, the proposed president of the new outfit, said: “Ours is a C division party and Roy is an A division leader. We can’t force him to join us. There were indications that he would join us but with the recent developments, it seems he would not.”
“Again, our party is yet to receive approval from the Election Commission. Some more time will be needed for the party symbol to be approved. So, it looks like we have already missed the bus as far as the Assembly elections scheduled for early next year are concerned,” he added.
Claiming that under the changed circumstances, it is fitting for the Nationalist Trinamool Party to support to another party, Majumder said: “Trinamool Congress looks like the only viable option because we don’t want the Left’s 34 years of atrocity to return… BJP is a communal party and Congress is a lost case. So, we will send a message to the Trinamool for an alliance.”
“We are also not happy with some of the policies of the Trinamool government. Certain things need to change, which we will discuss across the table,” he claimed.
Pradip Ghosh, who had defected from the Congress to the BJP and then to Nationalist Trinamool Party, is set to be the vice-president of the party. “By the end of this month, a meeting of around 100 founder members of the party will be held, where we will decide our future course of action. I don’t want to divulge anything more to the media at the moment,” he said.
When contacted, Mukul Roy refused to associate himself with any party other than the Trinamool. “I have always said that I am an elected MP of the Trinamool. I had never been associated with any other party… The Trinamool’s objective at present is to prove that only it can rule the state and to render parties like CPM, irrelevant.”
Last Friday, after meeting Mamata at her Kalighat residence for around 45 minutes, Roy had said: “She (Mamata) is my chairperson and I am an MP of the party. I have been her soldier in several political battles. So, there is nothing unnatural if I come to meet my leader.”
Asked if they discussed politics, Roy had said: “When two political personalities meet, there can obviously be political talks… We discussed a lot of issues.”
A Rajya Sabha member, Roy had last visited Mamata’s residence in February last year, just days after he was questioned by the CBI in the Saradha chit fund scam. He was stripped of party posts following his quizzing. Roy had met Mamata in Delhi last month when she visited the national capital.