While speculations are afloat that Mukul Roy, the once second in command of Trinamool Congress, is set to join the BJP soon, the out of favour leader himself dismissed such possibilities on Monday.
“No such talks have been held with any BJP leader. It is all media speculations… It is saying ‘doors open’ or ‘doors closed’ for me in the BJP. Have I ever said any such thing?” he told The Indian Express.
The state BJP president, Rahul Sinha, too brushed aside such reports as rumours and blamed it on a section of media for spreading such false information. “I have had a word with BJP national president Amit Shah around four days ago. He said there was no question of Roy being inducted in the party. Do I need to say anything more?” Sinha told mediapersons on Monday.
Another senior BJP leader added: “I have heard a lot of things about Mukul Roy joining the BJP. While it is true that he has met several national party leaders in Delhi, I have got no official confirmation regarding his joining the party.”
However, sources within the BJP said that there were reports that Roy was reportedly going to be let off by the CBI in Saradha chit fund case. The agency is likely to drop Roy from the chargesheet, as no evidence of his complicity could reportedly be found against him. “In all probability, Roy’s name will not be included in CBI chargesheet,” a senior BJP leader said.
This comes a day after sources in the Special Crime Branch of CBI probing the case told PTI that Roy was unlikely to be questioned again in the Saradha scam or named as an accused. “We are neither concerned about Mukul Roy nor do we have any plans of either calling him again for interrogation or naming him as an accused in the case,” a CBI source had said on May 3.
When contacted, BJP in charge of Bengal, Siddharth Nath Singh, too denied that Roy was joining his party. Asked about the reshuffle on cards in the state BJP following the party’s dismal performance in the recent civic polls in Bengal, he said: “These are planted stories. All I can tell my Trinamool friends is that I will leave Bengal only after 2016 when it becomes ‘Trinamool-mukt’.”
Sources, however, said while Sinha’s removal as state chief was only a matter of time, Singh may also be removed as the state party observer.
Roy was summoned by CBI for questioning on January 30 for the first time fuelling speculation that he will be arrested. Roy had told the media after the interrogation that he will fully cooperate when called again and told the CBI “that the actual truth should come out”.
Subsequently, Roy was stripped of the post of all-India general secretary and other positions that he held in his capacity. But his membership with the party continued.