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TMC MLA Tapas Roy quits party amid buzz of joining BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Tapas Roy's growing distance from the party had been apparent for several days. His removal from the post of North Kolkata district president further exacerbated frustration within his camp.

Reported By : Manish Bhattacharya Edited By : Arushi Jaiswal
Kolkata
Updated on: March 04, 2024 13:44 IST
Tapas Roy, TMC, BJP
Image Source : ANI TMC MLA Tapas Roy

Amid the buzz of joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Tapas Roy resigned from the party giving a big blow to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

"Whatever happened in Sandeshkhali, after that, I thought that I should not stay, I should resign. When the ED team was sent to my house, no one from my party was present in this matter. I resigned from all the responsibilities assigned to me and also resigned from being an MLA," said Roy after tendering his resignation. 

According to sources, recent developments have indicated Roy's dissatisfaction in various contexts, fueling speculation about his potential switch to the BJP.

ED raids Tapas Roy's residence

Earlier in January this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) searched the residence of  Baranagar MLA Tapas Roy in connection with the alleged irregularities in civic body recruitment.

During this incident, individuals like Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Naushad Siddiqui, and Sajal Ghosh were seen extending support to Tapas, while no members of the Trinamool Congress stood by him. This perceived lack of support has allegedly intensified Tapas's dissatisfaction, widening the gap between him and the party and sparking discussions about his resignation.

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