West Bengal: Mukul Roy returns to Trinamool Congress
Mukul Roy , who held the position of the national vice president in the saffron party, said he was "happy to see all known faces again"
In a blow to the saffron brigade, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy along with son Subranshu rejoined the TMC on Friday, with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the state's ruling party welcoming him back to the fold.
Roy, who held the position of the national vice president in the saffron party, said he was "happy to see all known faces again".
"I have joined TMC today. In the present circumstances, no one will stay in Bharatiya Janata Party", he was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Welcoming Mukul Roy, Mamata Banerjee said that he has returned home.
Addressing a press meet, Banerjee said Roy was threatened in the BJP, and that, in turn, affected his health. "We welcome Mukul Roy. He will play an important role in the Party, " she added.
"Mukul's return proves that the BJP does not let anyone in peace and puts undue pressure on everyone," the chief minister said.
Both Banerjee and Roy claimed that there never had any differences.
Asked if her party would be taking back other turncoats, too, Banerjee clarified that the ones who left the TMC to join the BJP just ahead of the April-May assembly elections will not be taken back. Though she confirmed that "more will come", as "old is always gold".
Roy, a founder member of the party and once the second-in-command of the TMC, was removed from the post of the party's national general secretary in February, 2015.
He had joined the BJP in November, 2017.
Speculation had been rife about Roy's possible homecoming after Banerjee's nephew and TMC MP Abhishek recently visited his wife at a city hospital.
With PTI inputs