Rajya Sabha MP and one of the founding members of the Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy, finally announced his separation from the party. Roy has resigned from the working committee and said he will quit Rajya Sabha and primary membership after Durga Puja.
“I was the one who was the first to sign, when Trinamool Congress was formed on December 17, 1997. With a heavy heart today, I have decided to separate myself from the party. I will reveal the reasons after the Durga Pujas,” Roy said at a press conference on Monday in Kolkata.
As per the speculations, he will form an independent party or may join BJP. “Now I am only a working committee member, apart from a Rajya Sabha MP. I have sent an e-mail this morning informing my decision to step down from the working committee. I shall resign from Rajya Sabha immediately after the pujas. About eight months are left for my tenure to end in the Upper House. At the same time, I will also leave the primary membership of the party,” Roy said.
His announcement comes after months of growing rift with chief minister Mamata Banerjee. “This is the time of the pujas and none will be interested in petty politics. So I shall explain why I took the decision in detail later,” he said.
Roy will spend the next few days celebrating Puja.