The post purportedly from Roy’s Facebook account, stated: “Dam lie that West Bengal leads in 100 days job. But the fact is that the position of West Bengal is 24 in the country.”
Though Roy denied having posted any such comment, the statement invited sharp reaction from the Trinamool government.
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When contacted, Roy said: “I do have a Facebook account but I have not posted anything of that nature. If anything of that sort has been posted in my name then it must be fake.”
Asked if he would clarify to the party about the matter, he added: “Why should I clarify something which I have not done? There is no question of clarifying.”
State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, however said: “Mukul must have gone mad if he is raising doubts… he must be out of his senses. It is pointless to answer to his accusations.”
He added: “Anyone having doubts over the West Bengal government claiming the first position on job guarantee scheme might consult documents of the Union Rural Development Ministry and the 2012-13 Union Budget, which say that the state has spent a record Rs 5,000 crore on 100-days job scheme, having utilised over 100 per cent of the funds allocated.”
The Facebook incident comes on the heels of an Iftar party that Roy was alleged to have organised with his supporters at Nizam Palace, in which two Trinamool MLAs had participated. The two MLAs — Seuli Saha and Shilbhadra Dutta — were immediately suspended from the party.
It was in this meeting that another disgruntled and dismissed Trinamool Congress leader, Dipak Ghosh, had disclosed that he was working on the constitution and preamble of Roy’s new party — Progressive Trinamool Congress party. Roy, however, had denied such reports.
Again, Roy had posed a problem as several Pirzadas of Furfura Sharif — a power center for most of Bengali Muslims in the state — invited Roy and other leaders from other parties to an Iftar party.
However, no Trinamool leader was invited to the party.
Roy had fallen out of favour with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after he was questioned in the Saradha chit fund case and told CBI that he was ready to cooperate in the probe.