Kolkata: A day after Trinamool Congress
made him a candidate for the July 22 Rajya Sabha election from
West Bengal, former Congress leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy on Saturday said that he had joined the party as he felt that his services
were not required in the Congress.
Roy, known as a Pranab Mukherjee-loyalist, who met
Trinamool Congress supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee
at Writers Building told reporters, "I was stagnating in
Congress. During my 43-year political life I tried to do my
job with the best of my ability. But I had a feeling that my
services were not required in Congress.
"I thought I should exercise my option and I have
exercised it," he said.
Stating that he had applied for TC membership in May,
Roy, a former AICC member said that he was overwhelmed that
not only was he granted membership, but also made a candidate
for the RS poll.
"I came to express my gratitude to Mamata Banerjee,"
Describing Roy`s decision as unfortunate, WBPCC
president Pradip Bhattacharya said that his decision to quit
Congress would not cause any problem to the party.