Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy Resignation from the party on Monday after months of being sidelined by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Roy, the party’s former all-India general secretary who was considered the number 2 in the party after Banerjee, said he resigned from the Trinamool Congress working committee and would quit the Upper House and party primary membership after Durga Puja, which ends on September 30.
“It is with a heavy heart and pain that I announce this. This was a party that I helped set up on December 17, 1997,” said the 63-year-old MP in Kolkata.
Roy Removed party general secretary in 2015
Roy was removed from the position of party general secretary in 2015 after his name came under the CBI scanner in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund case. He was further sidelined after reports of his hobnobbing with BJP leaders reached Mamata Banerjee.
“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,” Roy said at a press conference on Monday in Kolkata. “At that time I shall also step down from the primary membership of the party.”