Kolkata, Feb 15: Mukul Roy is back where he belongs. He was made the TMC vice president on Sunday, Feb 14, a year after he was stripped of his party portfolios.
Looking at the events of last year one had suspected that Mukul Roy would have a bitter falling out with the party and there had been indications that he would also launch a political outfit of his own.
He had agreed to cooperate with the CBI and give out the names of those involved. This came at a time when the TMC boss, Mamata Banerjee was attacking the CBI for carrying out a witch hunt in the Saradha scam probe.
However, all that has been put aside for now and Roy and Mamata are back together and are gearing up for the elections.
Did Mukul Roy ever leave?
Last year, the CBI had questioned Roy in connection with the Saradha scam. He decided to cooperate fully with the CBI and even suggested that he would drop some names. CBI officials tell OneIndia that he had given a lot of information regarding the scam.
However, what one needs to look at is that after the questioning of Roy, the heat on the TMC top brass had dropped considerably. This brings us to the pertinent question whether this was part of a posturing by Roy for his party. Did staying away from the TMC for almost an year help him and also the party?
Last year there were several indications that Roy will leave the TMC for good and even launch his own political party ahead of the elections. There was also talk that he could join the BJP.
However, both Roy and Mamata proved everyone wrong and today he is back at at the helm of affairs.
For Mamata Banerjee, Roy is extremely important especially with the elections round the corner. During a meeting held in January, Mamata had underlined the importance of the old guard and spoke about the struggle they had gone through to put the party in this position today.
When Mamata spoke about the importance of having the old guard at the helm of affairs, it was a clear signal that Roy would return and take a top post.
A week prior this meeting, Roy had even paid a surprise visit to the TMC office in West Bengal which raised several eye brows.
A TMC leader had then said he is part of the party and his visit to the office should not raise eye brows.