Rajiv Shukla fuels speculation of Mukul Roy joining Congress

Amid speculations of Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy joining Congress, senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said the doors of the party are open for everybody and they will look into organisational skills while inducting someone into its fold.

Kolkata: Amid speculations of Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy joining Congress, senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said the doors of the party are open for everybody and they will look into organisational skills while inducting someone into its fold.

"The doors of Congress are open for all. If TMC people want to come and join then it would be their home coming. We would welcome them. But who will come or not will be decided by the party high command. I can't comment on individuals," Shukla told reporters when asked whether his party would welcome Roy.

Shukla's comment comes in the backdrop of Roy's strained relation with party supremo Mamata Banerjee. Roy had recently expressed his desire to join the Congress and also met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi in this regard.

When asked whether Congress would induct someone who had been accused of being involved in Saradha scam, Shukla said, "Law will take its own course we have nothing to do with that. But if someone has a speciality to strenghten the party organisation, we will look at it only. Law will do its job and we are not in the government that we will save someone from law."

Roy, who was once second in the TMC hierarchy and was known for his organisational skills, is shunned by the party leadership after he spoke against it on several occasions ever since he was interrogated by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam and much of his powers were pruned.

Shukla also noted that the process of ED and CBI investigation has become slow in Saradha scam and the people should think why it had all of a sudden slowed down.

While commenting on whether there is possibility of an alliance with the TMC in the next year's assembly polls, Shukla said, "In Bengal we have been fighting the last few elections on our own. We have been fighting hard. The party high command decided by witnessing the given situation at that point of time. In the present situation in Bengal, we will fight on our own," he added. 

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