Once Trinamool Congress’ second-in-command, Mukul Roy is now testing different political scenarios.
After trying to woo the BJP, Roy recently initiated talks with the Congress high command in a bid to join the party, this apart from his silent initiative to start a new political outfit with his followers.
According to West Bengal Pradesh Congress leaders, Roy recently met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. Thereafter, he met state Congress leaders where he hinted at joining the party.
“He has expressed his desire to join Congress. AICC will take a decision regarding this,” said Adhir Choudhury, president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.
“A few days earlier he called me and wanted to meet our leaders. I said why not, what is the harm. It seemed that he was keen on joining though he was not very direct. But it will be our high command on which the decision rests. If somebody wants to meet us why will we deny him or why will we hide,” said Abdul Mannan, senior Congress leader.
Roy, however, has asserted that he is still a Rajya Sabha MP from TMC.
According to sources, he expressed his desire to ‘teach a lesson’ to the TMC. However, some Congress leaders said they were reluctant to be associated with Roy who has been grilled by the CBI in the Saradha scam.
Earlier, there were speculations about Roy trying to join the BJP. He had even discussed the possibility of floating a new party but seems to lack the required strength.