Suvendu Adhikari (L) and Mukul Roy
KOLKATA: Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, who is the leader of opposition in West Bengal assembly, has petitioned the speaker for disqualification of Trinamool leader Mukul Roy as a member of the House.
Mukul Roy had won the assembly election on a BJP ticket from the Krishnanagar Uttar assembly constituency. However, after the elections, he left the BJP and returned to the Trinamool fold.
"Respected Sir, petition for disqualification of Sri Mukul Roy, member of legislative assembly from 83, Krishnanagar Uttar assembly constituency is enclosed herewith. I request you to dispose of the same as soon as possible. Please acknowledge receipt of the same," read the petition by Suvendu Adhikari.
Suvendu had earlier demanded Mukul Roy's resignation under the anti-defection law and had threatened legal action if he did not resign as an MLA on his own.
On June 15, addressing reporters, Adhikari had said, "Todna-Jodna is part of TMC's dirty politics. They have been doing this for the past 10 years and nobody opposed it. But it is being opposed now and action will be taken under the anti-defection law."
However, the Trinammol had attacked Suvendu for not doing what he was preaching.
Senior TMC leader Kunal Ghosh had hit back at Suvendu for his "anti-defection law" comment and asked him to teach the law to his father Sisir Adhikari.
Suvendu's father Sisir Adhikari was a TMC MP, but joined the BJP before the assembly elections while he was still holding the post.
"If (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari has thorough knowledge about anti-defection law, he should not try to teach TMC. He should first teach his father Sisir Da because he is a TMC MP and has joined BJP before the election while he was still holding the post," Ghosh told ANI.
The BJP in Bengal is worried over reports that several TMC rebels who had joined the party ahead of assembly elections are now eager to return to the Trinamool fold.
BJP MLA Rajib Banerjee had last week met with Trinamool Congress's state general secretary Kunal Ghosh at the latter's residence fueling speculations that he was ready to change sides.
The BJP lost the Bengal assembly polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats in the 294-member assembly. Trinamool Congress registered a landslide victory winning 213 seats.
(With inputs from ANI)