Co-founder of AITMC Mukul Roy rejoins the party after serving 4 years for BJP.

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When Trinamool Congress came into being in 1998, Mukul Roy was one of the foremost and important leaders of the party besides Mamata Banerjee. Formerly a part of Congress and then an important member of AITC until 2017 and then one of the biggest faces of BJP in Bengal during the 2021 Vidhan Sabha elections, Mukul Roy is back again to the party he helped form with Shrimati Mamata Banerjee.

The third time serving Chief Minister of Bengal had remarked prior to the 2021 elections that she will not consider anyone who betrayed the party for money before elections and went to elections. Right after 2 months of the elections, accepting Roy back sends unclear signals but Mamata said that Mukul never criticized TMC and Mukul Babu has returned home.

Mukul Roy, 67, is arguably one of the most important political figures in West Bengal after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at least for the past decade and a half. Beginning his political career with the Youth Congress, Roy co-founded the Trinamool Congress with Banerjee in 1998, became her lieutenant, worked towards a stunning TMC win in 2011 against the Left, and retained power in the next term as well. Such was his influence in the Trinamool Congress that Banerjee pressured the Congress-led UPA government to drop Dinesh Trivedi and appoint Mukul Roy as Union Railways Minister in 2012.

When he joined the BJP, Mukul Roy brought with him all his administrative and political nous of Bengal. It was around that time that the party began looking seriously at building its base and expanding in West Bengal. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya used Roy’s organisational skills as well as a widespread and deep-rooted network in the state to raise the BJP as a force.

It can be said that Mukul was fed up with being in the shadow of Mamata and wanted to get a bigger piece of Bengal’s political pie under the BJP but as BJP lost the elections in 2021, he decided to move back to the party where he managed to achieve his fame. Mukul rejoined TMC on Friday in the presence of all the senior leaders of the party including Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee, Subrata Mukherjee, and others. TMC leaders lauded Mukul and welcomed him home. However, things were the opposite back in the BJP camp as Dilip Ghosh was heard saying in an interview that it’s better he left so that the people who actually established the roots of BJP in Bengal would now get the opportunity. He also said that it requires sacrifice to be in BJP.

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