According to popular believes Mukul Roy, recently switched to BJP, is the brain and known as Chanakya of politics in Bengal. But the bypoll results for one seat in Assembly and one in Lok Sabha suggested that Mukul failed to perform his best for the new party, unlike the times when he time and again proved that for Mamata Banerjee in TMC party.
In spite of Roy’s hard work and effort to win the seats in Uluberia and Noapara, the non-BJP votes were more at the end.
At Noapara, 24 PGS North, where Mukul lives, BJP hardly crossed the CPI (M) and took that second position.
Sunil Singh, the candidate for Trinamul Congress got 1,11,729 number of votes , while Sandip Banerjee of BJP received just 38,711 votes. Gargi Chatterjee, CPM, received 35,497 votes
At Uluberia, MP Sultan Ahmed’s widow, Sajda Ahmed registered the victory for Trinamool with a huge margin of approx. 4.75 lakhs votes over Anupam Mallik, her BJP rival.
Here also, Mukul Roy left no stone unturned during the campaigns for days to see BJP as the winner. But, all those pains came to zero. However, Dilip Ghosh, the BJP’s sate president, sees positivity as his party has secured the 2nd position as the key opponent arty in Bengal, beating CPM.
Patha Chatterjee, Trinamool leader opined that as long as people are with the party, no levels of opposition can tarnish their image.
People have proved that exit of Mukul Roy from TMC would hardly change their opinion about the party and Mamata Banerjee’s reputation remains unharmed, at least this time.
Just a day prior to by-election counting, Mamata called Roy a traitor, of course without taking his name.
Mr. Roy wasn’t available for comment after the bypoll losses. Time will tell how Mukul Roy will perform in the upcoming Panchayat elections in Bengal.