Former Railway Minister Mukul Roy quits as RS MP

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Suspended Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday tendered his resignation as Rajya Sabha member on Wednesday.

"With heavy heart and heavy pain, I am compelled to submit my resignation", said Roy.

Mukul Roy kept mum about his future political action.

Addressing the press after submitting his resignation, Roy said, "A party should have certain principles".

Talking to reporters later, Mukul Roy had said TMC would not have tasted success without the backing of the BJP at the national level in its initial years.

Earlier on September 25, Roy announced that he will resign from the post of Rajya Sabha MP after Durga Puja.

On Monday, a senior leader of BJP had said the suspended TMC leader would not be inducted into the saffron outfit if he was found "guilty" in corruption cases. "Mamata Banerjee was Railways Minister in that government and Ajit Panja (TMC leader who died in 2008) was an MoS". At one time it joined hands with the BJP and then ended alliance on flimsy ground to join UPA which it again left after some years.

Roy's decision has soured his relationship with the TMC as clear from party secretary-general Partha Chatterjee's recent attack.

Without naming Banerjee, and her stated opposition to different BJP leaders over the years, Roy said, "One day, (saying) Vajpayee is good and Advani is bad, one day Advani is good Modi is bad, and one day Modi is and good and Amit Shah bad...this can not go on for too long". As per the reports, Mukul Roy is officially set to join BJP.

"Mamata may be the leader, but we are comrades and not her servant".

"He insulted our party supremo Mamata Banerjee by saying a "one-man party" is bad for the country".

Stating that "dynasty politics is there all over India", he hinted at presence of such practices in the Trinamool and that it could also be the reason behind his exit. "Please wait for a few days", Roy had recently said.

Roy had recently met Union minister Arun Jaitley and BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is in-charge of West Bengal. After that, we will take a call.

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