Kolkata: In a major setback to Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), senior party leader Mukul Roy has announced that he would quit the party and resign as Rajya Sabha MP after the ongoing Durga puja.
Roy said that he will formally leave the party and quit as member of Parliament after the vacations for Durga Puja.
Last week, Trinamool leaders had reprimanded Roy for allegedly hobnobbing with BJP leaders.
He said that he will also resign from his Rajya Sabha post after Durga Pujas.
"With a heavy heart and pain, I am informing you that I have taken a principled decision".
"I came to know that Mr. Roy is in touch with our central leaders".
Roy, whose relationship with the leadership has been strained of late, said he would give an explanation on why he was leaving the party and why he was "forced to do so" after Durga Puja.
He, however, refused to divulge more details about his decision or the reason behind it.
Roy is considered as the next big name in the Trinamool Congress ranks, with him being considered as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's right-hand man.
According to the TMC, Roy, one of the founder members of the party, was suspended over ties with some rival party in West Bengal.
As per News18, there were recent reports that Roy was in touch with the BJP and may join the saffron brigade soon. "Today, I will not say a word".
Roy was recently removed as the TMC vice-president after the party chose to restructure its committee. He was also instrumental in party strategy during the polls, especially in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.