Not so long ago, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed queries about her one-time lieutenant Mukul Roy to “block presidents”, a statement that hurt Roy so much that he went about knocking BJP doors. On Wednesday, the two exchanged pleasantries in Parliament, sparking talk about a possible reconciliation.
As Mamata came to Parliament with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and sat surrounded by party MPs, Roy walked up to her. They greeted each other and asked about his/her well-being. Mamata introduced Roy to Kejriwal and told him she had brought the Delhi CM for a tour of Central Hall. Roy soon walked away. Later, asked about it, Mamata said: “I met all MPs, he too is a party MP.”
There have been other signs of thaw. Roy shared some soup with Derek O’Brien, Dinesh Trivedi etc some time back and congratulated O’Brien for a speech in the Rajya Sabha last week. The overtures when a new party is set to be launched in Bengal, reportedly backed by Roy, and when there has been talk of a possible Congress-Left tie-up.