Within the month of upheavals in West Bengal since Mamata Banerjee stormed again to energy, one man’s silence has made the loudest noise. The previous TMC No. 2, now a BJP vice-president, Mukul Roy has stored largely quiet for the reason that Might 2 consequence besides to tweet his steadfast loyalty to the BJP. On Wednesday, the thrill about his plans returned as Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek dropped in at a Kolkata hospital to name on Roy’s spouse Krishna, who’s ailing from Covid. This, in turn, prompted an analogous go to by BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh quickly after, adopted by a cellphone name by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to Roy, who has been in residence isolation for the reason that center of Might after testing constructive.
It’s not simply Roy who’s maintaining BJP circles guessing. In a reversal of fortunes from earlier than the Meeting elections, which noticed high-spectacle desertions from the TMC to the BJP, it’s the BJP’s turn now to watch the exit door.
Whereas some leaders have made their want to return to the TMC recognized, in plaintive appeals to Banerjee, others have dropped hints of their “regret” by way of social media. The TMC claims admitting them isn’t on the agenda proper now, busy as the Banerjee authorities is with preventing Covid and Cyclone Yaas’s aftermath.
On the day of the outcomes itself, ex-TMC minister Rajib Banerjee, who misplaced on the BJP ticket from Domjur in Howrah, tweeted, “The lovable individuals of Bengal have made their alternative very clear… Any try to do politics now whereas Bengal is preventing Covid can’t be acceptable.”
Then, on Might 8, Roy skipped a BJP assembly within the Meeting whereas notably exchanging pleasantries with TMC West Bengal chief Subrata Bakshi. His tweet declaring loyalty to the BJP adopted a day later.
One of many first TMC-turned-BJP leaders who appealed to Banerjee to take her again was her one-time confidant and former Satgachia MLA Sonali Guha. Having joined the BJP after the TMC denied her an Meeting ticket, however failing to get a nomination, Guha lately tweeted, tagging Banerjee, “Mach jemon jol chara banchte parena, temoni ami apnake chara banchte parbo na (Like a fish can’t dwell with out water, I can’t dwell with out you)”.
Guha instructed The Indian Categorical, “I’ve accepted my guilt. The BJP didn’t give me any significance.” In accordance to her, when she went for the post-death rituals for Banerjee’s brother, who died of Covid, a number of TMC leaders assured her not to fear. “My return to the TMC is just a matter of time,” she mentioned.
Ex- MLA of Bashirhat Dakshin and former footballer Dipendu Biswas mentioned it was the CBI’s arrest of TMC leaders within the 2014 Narada sting case that satisfied him to go away the BJP. Biswas, who additionally launched a letter to Banerjee, instructed The Indian Categorical, “At a time after we are preventing Covid, the CBI arrested leaders like Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee. It was political vendetta and I stop the BJP that day.”
A number of leaders from North Bengal who had joined the BJP earlier than the Meeting polls have additionally made public their want to return, together with Sarala Murmu, who crossed over regardless of getting a ticket from the TMC, and ex-MLA Amal Acharya. At a press convention, Murmu mentioned: “I made a mistake and I ask Didi to pardon me.” Acharya cited the CBI’s Narada arrests as his cause for leaving the BJP.
On Might 30, two days earlier than Abhishek’s go to to his mom, Mukul Roy’s son Shubhranshu posted on Fb, “ Earlier than we criticise a authorities which got here to energy via individuals’s mandate, we’d like self-criticism.”https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/photographs/cleardot.gif
Shubhranshu, who was current on the hospital throughout Abhishek’s go to, mentioned the affiliation between the 2 households had not ended simply because Roy had left the TMC. “Abhishek Banerjee got here to see his aunt… My mom has all the time checked out him with affection and he respects her. I’m grateful to the chief minister too, who via varied sources enquired about us, my father and mom throughout these Covid instances. Narendra Modi additionally referred to as up my father,” he instructed reporters.
Requested whether or not he’ll be a part of the TMC, Shubhranshu didn’t deny the chance. “Let my mom come residence. Then we’ll take into consideration all that,” he mentioned.
On Thursday, Abhishek instructed reporters that his name on Krishna Roy was not about politics. “I’ve recognized her since my childhood. She is sort of a mom to me,” he mentioned.
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh admitted a number of former partymen have “publicly admitted guilt and expressed their want to return”, and that others had been in contact over the cellphone. “However the occasion has not mentioned the difficulty but,” he mentioned.
Ghosh added that they might maintain a number of elements in thoughts. “A few of those that left are senior leaders, whereas others backstabbed the occasion. Those that didn’t go away confirmed their confidence in Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee; we should additionally respect their emotions. It has additionally been proved that with out some leaders, the occasion can win. In addition to, had the BJP performed nicely, would these leaders have requested to return to the TMC?”
Requested a couple of attainable reverse exodus, BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya mentioned, “Folks of Bengal are seeing every part. They (the leaders) got here to the BJP crying and now need to return to the TMC laughing.”