Another faux pas? TMC’s Mukul Roy says BJP will win bypoll | India News

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal MLA Mukul Roy may have returned to the TMC fold but his BJP days are not completely behind him yet.
Twice in the last week, the TMC leader made an embarrassing gaffe by saying that BJP will win the by-elections in his assembly constituency.
The latest incident came when he was briefing reporters following a PAC meeting.
“The BJP will win if a byelection is held in Krishnanagar North,” Roy said.
To a question if the TMC will not be able to win the seat, he said it will be decided by the people of that constituency.
He, however, said that the TMC will do well in the 2023 assembly elections in Tripura.
On August 6, Roy had said in a press conference at Krishnanagar in Nadia district that the BJP will win the bypoll in the state.
Realising his faux pas, he quickly corrected himself saying he actually meant the TMC.
The senior politician had left the Mamata Banerjee-led party in 2017 to join the BJP. He returned to the TMC around a month after the results of the assembly elections were declared on May 2.
However, officially he is still the BJP MLA of Krishnanagar North constituency and has been made the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the state Assembly.
The BJP has demanded disqualification of Roy as a member of the assembly under anti-defection law and his removal from the post of PAC chairman which traditionally goes to the opposition party.
The TMC leadership has been saying that Roy is a BJP MLA and hence his appointment as the PAC chairman won’t pose any problem on technical grounds.
(With inputs from PTI)

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