Trinamool does not rule out show-causing Mukul Roy

Trinamool Congress on Tuesday did not rule out issuing a show-cause notice to estranged Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy for embarassing the party and the government with his critical comments, with a top TMC leader saying the matter was being dealt with 'seriously'.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015, 22:44 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Tuesday did not rule out issuing a show-cause notice to estranged Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy for embarassing the party and the government with his critical comments, with a top TMC leader saying the matter was being dealt with 'seriously'.

Specifically asked whether Roy, once chief minister Mamata Banerjee's powerful aide, would be served show-cause notice for his comments, the TMC leader told PTI "he is going too far".

The leader referred to Roy picking up one issue after other to embarass the party and Mamata Banerjee government.

"The party is dealing with it seriously. He is making comments and has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a Muslim religious leader Peerzada Toha Siddique known to be a staunch critic of Mamata Banerjee government accusing it of 'failure' to fulfil the promises about the minorities."

The leader said Mamata Banerjee, now in Delhi, was stated to have asked party MP Derek O'Brien to prepare a dossier on Roy's comments made from time to time.

The report is likley to be used for further action against Roy who has fallen out of favour with Mamata over the Saradha scam.

Derek is expected to submit the report in a couple of days.

Earlier today in a strong message to Roy, party secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said it was keeping a close watch on him as he was picking up issues one after another to embarrass the party and the government.

"We are keeping an eye on the entire matter," Chatterjee who is also Education Minister and one of the members of the TMC disciplinary committee, said.

Chatterjee was replying when his attention was drawn to Roy's controversial comments concerning the affairs of the party and the government.

"If a party worker declares war sitting at home, that will not cause damage to the party. People are themselves are privy to the entire episode... They will take a call on this," Chatterjee said on the sidelines of a programme at Suri, headquarters of Birbhum district.

Chatterje's observation came a day after Roy had launched a fresh tirade taking a dig at the industrialisation claims by the state government.

"However, we may try to compare West Bengal with other states quoting GDP, industrialisation is not taking place (in Bengal) in the true sense," Roy, who was removed from the post of TMC all India general secretary, had said reacting to Banerjee's meeting with the PM yesterday.

He had said on Saturday last that it would have been

better for the party if it did not join hands with CPI-M in the Rajya Sabha to vote against the BJP government pertaining to an amendment to the President's address.

After being questioned by CBI in the Saradha case on January 30, Roy had said he would cooperate fully with the agency to unearth where the Saradha money went, virtually contradicting Banerjee's stand that CBI probe into Saradha was political vendetta by BJP.

He had said that whether he would remain in TMC or not "depends on the party".

He had also obliquely accused Mamata Banerjee government of shedding "crocodile tears" for the minority community. He did not name Mamata or her government but the comments left little doubt who his target was.

Mamata Banerjee has stripped her once-powerful aide Mukul Roy of all posts in Trinamool Congress.

The Rajya Sabha MP has been dropped as party general secretary and from the working committee. The decision was taken at a meeting in Kolkata recently Roy had refused to attend, saying he had to be in Parliament on budget day.

Roy has also been removed from his position as leader of Trinamool Congress in Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress has also written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Hamid Ansari to make changes in the seating arrangement by shifting Roy from third row to the last row in the Upper House, said a close aide of the CM.

After his removal from party leader post, he was relegated to the third row from the front row and with this missive an attempt has been made to push him to the last row in the House.

Meanwhile, Mamata who had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, today met President Pranab Mukherjee.