Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy, who played perhaps the mostcrucial role in the party’s victory in Bengal, said on Sunday that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s claim of wanting to quit the Chief Minister post was just a drama.
“It was a drama. Trinamool Congress (TMC) is all about Banerjee. Others don’t matter. It was like Banerjee talking of quitting and she herself not accepting it and then finally announcing it before the media. She will not quit till voters show her the door. She can’t live without power,” Roy, who was once Banerjee’s second-in-command, said.
“TMC was formed only to oppose the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It has served its purpose. Regional parties are losing relevance, if you go by Lok Sabha results across India,” Roy said.
Roy was once the second man to Mamata Banerjee in TMC. He was regarded as the mastermind of the party and as Chanakya of West Bengal’s politics.
He also confirmed that his son Subhrangshu Roy would join the saffron party. “It is just a matter of time for him to come over,” he added. Subhrangshu Roy was suspended from the Trinamool Congress for making anti-party statements.
On Saturday, Mamata Banerjee addressed her first press conference since the Lok Sabha election results. She alleged there was foreign hand behind the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s landslide victory. The BJP alone secured 303 of 542 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress won 52 seats.
“There is the hand of foreign nations also,” she claimed.” I don’t want to say more in the interest of the nation. I am prepared to be completely isolated. But as long as I live, I will utter the unpleasant truths.”
Banerjee also alleged that Electronic Voting Machines were tampered with during the elections. She asked how the Opposition could fail to win seats in several states. “I have doubts of EVM manipulation, especially seats where we have lost with less than one lakh vote margin,” she added.
The Trinamool Congres leader also accused the saffron party of polarising the voters in the state and creating an Emergency-like situation to win the elections. She accused the Centre of removing police officials at the airport to ensure that money came into the state without any obstruction. “The central forces worked against us…There was an effort to create a Hindu-Muslim division,” she added. “We complained to the Election Commission but nothing was looked into.”