Kolkata, Feb 1: The smiling face of former Union minister Mukul Roy while he stepped out of the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) office where he was quizzed in connection to the multi-crore Saradha scam on Friday has put the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in a tizzy. [Revealed: What Mukul Roy told CBI]
"Has Roy revealed more?" is the question doing the rounds in the party that has been left beleaguered by the scam.
Even party supremo Mamata Banerjee is feeling the heat. [Former Union minister Matang Sinh arrested]
Banerjee, who is also the current chief minister of West Bengal, said in the party's core committee meeting here on Saturday that she could understand from Roy's expressions that the CBI had put him under pressure. She said this in the presence of Roy, local media said.
Banerjee also said that the CBI could arrest her as well though she was not afraid of facing such consequences, the reports added.
Inside sources said the TMC supremo is losing faith on Roy, who is the No. 2 in the party. The top leadership has perhaps started believing that Roy had spilled the beans during the CBI investigation and was preparing itself for the next eventuality.
The TMC leadership has also clipped Roy's wings in the party. The Rajya Sabha MP had so far been responsible to oversee the coordination between the party MPs in New Delhi. Now, the party has handed over the task to Derek O'Brien, the chief whip of the party in the Upper House.
Banerjee also backed Suvendu Adhikari, a Lok Sabha MP, during the meeting. The development is in stark contradiction to the growing distance between Adhikari and the top leadership a few months ago.