Kolkata, Feb 1: I held my head high when I walked into that CBI office, a text from Mukul Roy to Mamata Banerjee read. "I held my head high when I walked and while I walked out," the text message sent to the West Bengal Chief Minister further read.
"Thank you," was the response by Mamata Banerjee to the text sent to her by her most trusted or many would say former most trusted aide, Mukul Roy.
What is Mukul Roy planning?
Many say that he may try and break away from the party. He is waiting for the CBI probe to get over and then depending on how it goes may either join another party or break the TMC.
While Mukul Roy suggests nothing directly, the mood in the TMC is clearly not upbeat about him. Mamata is clearly moving away from Mukul Roy and giving more responsibility to the likes of Subendhu Adhikari and Derek O'Brien.
In fact a TMC programme in Delhi to campaign for electoral reforms is being organized by Derek and this has come as a surprise to many as Mamata would never go past Mukul Roy especially for such important events.
Mukul Roy's cooperation irks TMC:
A straight forward statement by Mukul Roy that he will give his full cooperation to the CBI has irked many in the party. The TMC wants to play victim and not aid the CBI.
The TMC has since day one termed the CBI probe into the Saradha campaign as one filled with vendetta. When many in the party wanted to portray the CBI as the villain, Mukul Roy's statements have come as a shock and surprise to the TMC top brass.
No talks with BJP:
There is talk in hushed tones both in Delhi and West Bengal about the next move which Mukul Roy would make. Many say that he may join the BJP sooner or later and help their campaign in West Bengal.
However senior BJP leaders tell Oneindia that there is no such talk that is on. We have made it clear that Saradha tainted ministers will not be welcome in the party.
The BJP will however benefit if Mukul Roy quits the TMC or stays away from its main activities. Mukul Roy is a grass root level worker where and this matters while bringing in the votes.
His absence or exit will hurt the TMC in its strong belts very badly and the BJP is trying to capitalize on that, sources also informed.