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Mukul Roy quits Trinamool, Rajya Sabha seat

The 63-year-old political leader has been associated with the TMC since its inception and served as the second-in-command after Banerjee.

Mukul Roy quits Trinamool, Rajya Sabha seat

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Mukul Roy, who alienated himself from the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress party, submitted his Rajya Sabha resignation on Wednesday, seven months ahead of the completion of his tenure.

"Today I am resigning from Rajya Sabha membership, elected as a member of TMC. I also resign from all posts of TMC as a primary member," he said.

Roy met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and submitted his resignation, said he was quitting with a "heavy heart".

Soon after Roy announced his plans to quit the TMC and exit his Rajya Sabha seat last month, the party suspended him for six years.

Since then, Roy has reportedly held meetings with central BJP leaders as high as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He has also met BJP’s Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya rising speculations that he would join the BJP. He has, however, said that he would take a call on his future course of action after Diwali.

The 63-year-old political leader has been associated with the TMC since its inception and served as the second-in-command after Banerjee.

In 2006, he became the Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal. He has also served as a member of the Committee on Urban Development and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs. Roy also was TMC All India General Secretary in 2008 and became the Shipping Minister in May 2009.

In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Roy took her place as the Railway Minister. However, he defied the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when was asked to visit a site of the Guwahati-Puri Express derailment. The defiance led to his dismissal as Railway Minister.

He returned to lead the rail ministry after Dinesh Trivedi resigned in 2012, but had to step down as TMC exited the UPA government in the Centre.

Roy was one of the forerunners in the anti-land-acquisition movements in Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal led by Mamata Banerjee. Political analysts view this movement played a prominent part in TMC's rise to power. Thus, Roy was held high in regard by Banerjee.

However, reports of a strained relationship between Mukul Roy and the party did the rounds after he faced a grilling in the Saradha chit fund scam which shook West Bengal. He was stripped of all vital posts in the past few months. On September 17, Mukul Roy was removed from the position of the national vice-president of the TMC party when it restructured its internal committee.
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