Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy has made a sensational claim on Saturday where he said that 107 MLAs from Congress, CPM and Trinamool will be joining the saffron party in West Bengal. He further added that the BJP has the list of the MLA and they are in contact with them.
Earlier, Mukul Roy had a detailed discussion with the mayor of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), senior TMC leader and MLA Sabyasachi Dutta after TMC stripped his power as mayor. The meeting fuelled speculation of his switch over to the saffron camp.
Roy was seen meeting Dutta at the Bidhanagar Swimming pool Association Club in Salt Lake. When inquired about his meeting with Roy, Dutta said, "Mukul da is just like my elder brother. He is aware of the political developments, so he just came to inquire about my well-being and future plans. It's a courtesy visit."
While speaking on the party's decision to strip him of his powers as mayor, Dutta said, "There is a rule of law. There are certain procedures. I will follow that as long as I am there as mayor. I am not bothered about what others are saying."
Roy, however, declined to give a direct reply on whether Dutta would join the BJP in the near future. "Only time will say whether he will join the BJP or not. But being elder brother, I would surely want for his well-being and good," Roy said.
The Trinamool Congress leadership Sunday clipped the wings of BMC Mayor Dutta on the charge of making anti-party statements and handed over his powers to his deputy. The decision was made at an emergency meeting of BMC councillors, who urged party supremo Mamata Banerjee to take a call on Dutta's fate in the party. Senior TMC leader and minister Firhad Hakim was present at the meeting.