Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo Tuesday lauded suspended Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy for his organisational capabilities, and said a decision on his induction into the party will be taken by its high command.
“I cannot comment on this (induction), as I do not have any information on it. But I must say that Mukul Roy is a good organiser, and known for his organisational capabilities,” the Union Minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises told mediapersons after a party meeting in Kolkata.
With speculations doing the rounds that Roy, a Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP, might join BJP in the near future, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had recently said he did not have any information on it. He, however, admitted Roy was in touch with top BJP leaders in New Delhi.
In an interesting development, Roy on Tuesday sent sweets to the state BJP headquarters in Kolkata.
Speaking to mediapersons, Ghosh said: “He has sent Bijoya greetings by sending sweets. Any person can exchange such greetings, and there is no need to look into any political equation behind it. He is a political leader who can exchange such greetings with leaders of other political parties.”
Roy, a former close confidante of Chief Minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee, had on September 25 said he would resign from the party after Durga Puja, prompting the party to suspend him for six years for “anti party activities”.
Once the second-in-command in Trinamool, Roy has been maintaining distance from the party leadership for the last few months.
He was removed as the TMC vice-president after the party decided to revamp its structure. He was earlier removed as the party’s in-charge of Tripura, where TMC was steadily making inroads till some members switched to the BJP earlier this year.