Shah 'nudge' on Roy

A nudge from BJP national president Amit Shah has prompted the party's Bengal unit to give its nod to the possible induction of Mukul Roy, sources have said.

By SANDIP CHOWDHURY in Calcutta
  • Published 18.10.17
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Calcutta: A nudge from BJP national president Amit Shah has prompted the party's Bengal unit to give its nod to the possible induction of Mukul Roy, sources have said.

Although there had been initial reservations in the state leadership regarding accepting someone like Roy, whose name features in the Saradha and Narada cases, a call from Shah's office last Thursday paved the way for unanimity, the sources said.

A state BJP functionary said the Bengal leadership had informed Shah's office that it was "more than willing" to accept Roy to improve its chances in the fight against Trinamul's hegemony.

"After the state unit's consent, should anything go wrong with Roy later, the national leadership will not be held responsible," he said.

According to him, Bengal BJP joint general secretary (organisation) Subrato Chattopadhyay got a call from Shah's office on Thursday, a day after Roy resigned from the Rajya Sabha and formally severed ties with Trinamul. Roy had in a news conference batted for the BJP-RSS parivar and said the party was not a communal force.

The sources said Shah's office had sought the opinion of the state general secretaries besides state party chief Dilip Ghosh regarding Roy.

"Chattopadhyay called all of them. Everybody agreed that Roy's inclusion was necessary as he would otherwise join some other party or float one himself, which would further split the Opposition vote share in Bengal," he said.

On Saturday, the BJP's Bengal minder, Kailash Vijayvargiya, stressed the need for "magnanimity" and asked the state unit to be more inclusive towards those coming from other parties.