The birth of Mukul Roy’s new political outfit may be days away, a source familiar with the developments told HT on Monday. A former Trinamool Congress heavyweight before being sidelined by Mamata Banerjee, Roy is awaiting the Election Commission’s nod. The new party could well be launched just before the winter session of Parliament.
Once the EC’s registration comes through, Roy, sources said, will quit the Trinamool and then plunge into forging alliances with other like-minded parties in preparation for the 2016 Assembly polls in the state.
“It’s just a matter of a week or so. Mukul Roy told us he will resign and launch the new party. Thereafter, an alliance will take place in Bengal. We are wholeheartedly with the alliance. It is the need of the hour. The ruling party in the state must go,” said Abdur Rezzak Mollah, a former leader of the Left Front who quit the coalition and formed the Nyaybichar Party recently.
Mukul Roy, however, is mum about the developments. Sources close to the Rajya Sabha MP told HT that Roy would shed his silence only after his new political party gets the nod from the Election Commission.
Soon after Roy was summoned by the CBI in the Saradha scam case, Roy had told reporters that he would cooperate with the probe. This angered Mamata Banerjee and she stripped the party’s No.2 of all posts.
Speaking about a possible tieup with Roy’s party, Mollah told HT, “The alliance will contest as many seats as possible in Bengal. The entire opposition should unite against the ruling party.”
Hectic parleys are on between Roy’s men and leaders of other Opposition parties. Roy is also hoping that a number of Trinamool leaders would switch camp along with their followers.
But till now, no Trinamool leader has come out in support of Roy. In the last couple of months, Roy was seen hobnobbing with various political leaders.
In October, during the launch of a magazine Roy rubbed shoulders with Rezzak Mollah and Samir Patitunda, leader of Party for Democratic Socialism (PDS). Also present was BJP leaders RK Mohanty, RK Handa and Bikram Sarkar.