Keeping the rumour mills ripe, it is now being speculated that the second export from the BJP to Trinamool Congress may be Rajib Banerjee, who had left the party just before West Bengal Assembly elections. Banerjee on Saturday met Trinamool Congress's state secretary Kunal Ghosh at the latter’s residence in Kolkata.
In a blow to the prestige of the Bharatiya Janata Party, its national Vice President Mukul Roy along with son Subhranshu, re-joined Trinamool Congress on Friday, with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the state's ruling party welcoming the prodigal back to their fold.
Roys return was being seen as a signal that this may trigger more defections from BJPs Bengal unit, possibly reducing its strength in the Bengal assembly.
However, refuting all speculations, Kunal ghosh after the meet said, “It was a courtesy meeting."
On being asked whether he is going to join the Trinamool Congres, Banerjee, who unsuccessfully contested the polls on a BJP ticket from Domjur seat, said, “There were no such talks. I am still in Bharatiya Janata Party.” Asked about Mukul Roy's decision to return to the TMC, Rajib Banerjee said, "It is his own decision. I have nothing to say."
Rajib Banerjee had recently skipped a meeting of the Bengal BJP and warned members of the saffron party over a social media post that "people will not take kindly to threats of Presidents rule against a government elected with a huge mandate".
After quitting the TMC in January, Banerjee had claimed that he was forced to do so as a section of party leaders "humiliated him for airing his grievances over their style of functioning".