Earlier in the day, Sudip Roy Burman, who had resigned from the post of the Leader of Opposition in Tripura Assembly ahead of the polls in West Bengal, said former Tripura CM Samir Ranjan Barman and six rebel Congress MLAs, including Barman’s son, would now openly work as TMC activists.
Mamata’s response was prompt. Sources said she instructed MPs Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari to take immediate action in the matter.
The estrangment between Mamata and her second-in-command completely ended earlier in February when he was appointed the party’s vice-president.
Mukul Roy had patched up with Mamata during the latter’s visit to the city last December.
Brushing aside questions regarding his estrangement with Mamata, the Rajya Sabha MP said, “I have been working with Didi for 30 years now and we have faced many difficult situations together.’’
Amitabha Majumder said: “Ours is a C division party and Roy is an A division leader. There were indications that he would join us but with the recent developments, it seems he would not.”
Roy had met Mamata in Delhi last month when she visited the national capital.
A little ahead of the dinner, Roy met Mamata when he visited the Central Hall of Parliament where the latter was meeting her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.
The party whose prospective functionaries were routinely seen in Roy’s South Avenue flat along with a handful of suspended Trinamool MLAs suddenly seems to have hit a speed-breaker.
Roy hosted a lunch at his South Avenue residence for “leaders” of the prospective party.
Roy’s visit becomes significant as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also slated to visit north Bengal after completing her current two-day tour at Jangalmahal.
Roy, however, neither totally quashed the “speculation”, nor confirmed it.
Mamata Banerjee has a new neighbour in the Capital.
Though Roy denied having posted any such comment, the statement invited sharp reaction from the Trinamool government.
Roy is preparing the report along with a list of affected people that he plans to send soon to Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking the Centre to announce appropriate compensation.