Mukul Roy meets Chief Election Commissioner, expresses concern over fair elections in West Bengal

Spurring fresh speculations about his next move, former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Friday met the chief election commissioner in New Delhi on Friday, without giving any hints if he wanted to launch a new party or join another.

Speaking to the press after his meeting, Roy instead said that he briefed the Election Commission of India about the prevailing situation in West Bengal. He said that he urged the national poll panel to ensure that free and fair elections are held, Times Now said.

Roy refused to clarify the cryptic bite, spurring speculations that whether the now-beleaguered key aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was suggesting that situation in the state was otherwise.

File image of Mukul Roy. PTI

File image of Mukul Roy. PTI

Earlier, Roy had told Bengali news channel ABP Ananda that he would be meeting the Election Commission. "Next November, by-polls of two Assembly seats in West Bengal will be held and I am going to the Election Commission tomorrow (Friday) to offer my suggestions so that the people of West Bengal can exercise their franchise in a free and fair manner. I am not going (to the Election Commission) with any proposal or plan for floating a new party," he had said.

Roy was the chief election manager of the TMC and the right-hand man of Banerjee in poll planning till he fell out with her recently.

Roy had also hailed the poll panel on Thursday for taking positive steps in the elections and described its actions as one of the factors responsible for the political change in Bengal in 2011 when the Left Front was ousted from power.

The former TMC leader, however, hinted at the presence of dynasty politics in the Trinamool Congress and reiterated that he would not believe in dynasty rule.

Speaking about his vast experience in state and national politics, Roy said that "apart from Banerjee, there is no one in TMC" who could match his knowledge of every booth in West Bengal.

Once the second-in-command in TMC after Banerjee, Roy was suspended for six years for "anti-party activities" following his announcement on 25 September that he would resign from the party after Durga Puja.

He had also met the BJP in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya, on 10 October further fuelling speculation that he may join hands with BJP. The saffron party, however, refused to comment on the exchange between the two leaders, stating that BJP was not in a hurry over the matter.

Roy had earlier said he does not consider BJP to be a communal force and that it is a "secular party". A two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Roy has played a key role in building the TMC's organisational structure.

However, taking a swipe at Roy, another suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh on Thursday said Roy's involvement in Narada sting case, Saradha ponzi scam and Alchemist chit fund scam should be probed.

"The investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam was motivated and influenced. I submitted a petition to CBI seeking joint interrogation with Roy," said Ghosh, an accused in the scam.

In response, Roy, describing Ghosh as a frustrated person, said: "Whenever the CBI and the ED call me, I will appear and cooperate with them."

With inputs from PTI 

Updated Date: Oct 13, 2017 20:52 PM

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