After Mukul Roy’s exit, the Trinamool Congress has been planning rallies, with his son Subhranshu as one of the speakers. At one such rally on Sunday, the TMC MLA from Bijpur publicly distanced himself from his father’s views, saying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the final word in TMC, and “no other leaders are important”.
“In Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee has the final word, and no other leaders or ‘dadas’ are important. It is one and only Mamata Banerjee. I have become an MLA with Mamata Banerjee’s blessings, and will remain in Trinamool Congress until I die,” Subhranshu said at a rally in North 24 Parganas. The party is planning more such rallies in the area, with Subhranshu among its speakers, said sources.
With Subhranshu on stage, senior TMC leaders lambasted Mukul Roy, with state Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick alleging that Mukul used to pass vital information on party affairs to rival parties. “We have got information that Roy used to pass on important information about internal matters of Trinamool Congress to rival parties like BJP, Congress and CPM,” he alleged.
On September 25, when Mukul Roy — once Trinamool Congress number two — announced his separation from his party, his son was quick to distance himself from him. “He has chosen his path. I have chosen my path. I am loyal to Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress. All I can say that I am with Trinamool and will continue to be in Trinamool,” Subhranshu had said after his father’s announcement. Opposition leaders, on the other hand, rubbished Mullick’s allegations.
“Lot of dirty things have happened inside Trinamool Congress all the time. The episode on Mukul Roy is the latest of such internal affairs. Hence, to cover up such affairs which tarnish the image of the party, the minister is resorting to such baseless allegations,” said Mohammed Salim, CPM Politburo and Lok Sabha member.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said the party does not need information from Mukul, since it has “other sources”. “I can say with full responsibility that we never secured any information about Trinamool from Mukul Roy,” said Sinha.