KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress founding member Mukul Roy resigned from the party's primary membership and his Rajya Sabha MP post in New Delhi Wednesday.
Speaking to the media after submitting his resignation to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Roy said he did not want to remain a servant of party supremo Mamata Banerjee.
"Mamata may be the leader, but we are comrades and not her servant. There was no scope of dissent in the party. The future of one-man political parties in the country is very bleak," he said.
Indicating the possibility of him joining the BJP, Roy espoused the history of ties between BJP and TMC. "Since facing first elections in 1998, TMC has been an ally of BJP. We had declared that BJP was not a communal party," he added. He also claimed he was made the mediator between RSS and TMC. "I was asked by Mamata Banerjee to make contact with RSS leaders, including Ashok Singhal (the then VHP president) since 2003," he added.
Roy expressed dissatisfaction over the TMC's closeness with the Congress. "We had formed TMC to fight against the Congress. So, what is the point if TMC becomes the Congress's ally? It is better for TMC to merge with the Congress," he added.
Roy, an accused in the Saradha scam, claimed that Mamata Banerjee might not have known much about the Saradha and Narada scams. "The scams were more on an individual level rather than party involvement. I was interrogated for over eight hours by the CBI and eight chargesheets were filed against me," he said.
"I don't believe that Mamata is being targeted by Modi for opposition to his policies. The inquiry has been ordered by the apex court," he added.
Indirectly hitting out at Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Roy said dynastic politics is hurting not only the TMC but also all the political parties in the country.
Responding to Mukul Roy's statements, education minister Partha Chatterjee said the party was relieved after Roy quit and his rants have no meaning for the leadership.
Speaking at a presser here, he said Roy was meeting with BJP leaders ever since his name came up in the Saradha scam.
"He thinks we are servants but we are all equals. Mamata Banerjee is our role model. He should have learnt that long back. 'Kanchraparar kanchra chele' (The garbage boy of Kanchrapara) has played very naïve politics with us and will fail miserably," he said.
"Mukul Roy also made false claims that he was asked to meet RSS leaders. He should provide proof before making such claims," he added.
Speaking on dynastic politics, Chatterjee said: "Mukul's son Subhrangshu Roy is also a TMC MLA and he got the MLA seat just because he was the son of Mukul Roy. He should look at his own backyard before speaking on dynastic politics."
On the other hand, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the party would not make any official statements until Roy approaches to join the party. However, he said any party would benefit from Mukul Roy's joining and said the BJP has given chance to leaders of other parties whom the leadership thought could be an asset for the BJP.