Mukul Roy joins BJP, calls it 'secular' force

Former TMC leader Mukul Roy joins BJP

Among those who were present to facilitate Roy's inclusion in the BJP fold were the BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who's never missed an opportunity to target his rival parties on corruption.

He resigned as a Rajya Sabha member on October 11.

Ending all speculations, former Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mukul Roy joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday.

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Roy recalled that the Trinamool fought Lok Sabha elections in 1998 for the first time as a partner of the BJP and again in 1999, was a member of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance after which Mamata Banerjee also became a minister in then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet.

The former railway minister was earlier also questioned by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

On Friday, Roy said people of West Bengal were desperately seeking change, and that the BJP was the only alternative to the current regime.

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"The BJP is not a communal force, but a secular one". "I believe that Mukul Roy's experience will benefit us". Since the time Mamata Banerjee took power in West Bengal, she has emerged as a strong leader and it has become hard for opposition parties to challenge her. He fell out with Mamta following differences over the growing influence of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee within the party.

Roy had said: "A party should have certain principles". He has been inducted to strengthen the BJP's base in West Bengal.

"This proves that a rot has set in BJP", says West Bengal Pradesh Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury. "He is no longer with the TMC and we are least bothered about him", a senior TMC leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

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Incidentally, till a few months ago, the BJP had repeatedly launched verbal attacks against Mr Roy and other TMC leaders for their alleged involvement in corruption and scams. He had recently quit Trinamool and was likely to join their major rivals in West Bengal, he was earlier today welcomed into the BJP at the party's headquarters in the capital in the presence of its president Amit Shah.

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