File photo: Mukul Roy. Photograph:( DNA )
Ex-Trinamool Congress(TMC) leader Mukul Roy joined the BJP on Friday, just over a month after leaving West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's party.
Once a close aide of Mamata, the former Railway minister joined the BJP in presence of Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Trinamool Congress had suspended Mukul Roy for six years after he announced his decision to quit the party amid reports that he was planning to join the BJP.
Roy had resigned from the Rajya Sabha last month.
There was widespread speculation in the corridors of power in Delhi that the former TMC heavyweight was set to join the party. In fact, he was said to be meeting BJP leaders secretly.