Banished Mukul Roy back in Trinamool top rung

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2016 15:33 IST
File Photo of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool leader Mukul Roy.

Mukul Roy was appointed Trinamool Congress vice-president on Sunday, over a year after he was stripped of his party portfolios by party chief Mamata Banerjee.

Roy, the party’s former All India general secretary, got the appointment letter on Sunday afternoon.

Roy, the party’s second-in-command earlier, lost his position after he was questioned by the CBI regarding the Saradha chit fund scam. He was stripped of his all his party posts on February 28 last year. He even tried to float a new party, which later merged with TMC.

Since then, Mukul Roy was almost in hibernation until he walked into the Trinamool Congress Bhawan again on January 29 this year.

“It is an important portfolio. Trinamool Congress has been fighting against terror for years and threw CPI(M) out after misrule of 34 years. Since 2011, Bengal people understand what development is. There is no match for the TMC,” Roy told HT.

Besides being the Rajya Sabha MP, Roy was the party’s founder member, the TMC national general secretary, and the leader of the party the in Rajya Sabha. He was popularly known as the party’s “second-in-command” until the CBI summons led to Banerjee turning her back on him after it came to light that Roy had named several party MPs.

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