<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after expelled TMC leader Mukul Roy met West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury kicking up speculations, Chowdhury brushed aside possibilities of Roy joining Congress or him floating a new political party along with Roy. Talking to DNA he said it was a courtesy meeting.“No. There has been no such interest shown by Mukul Roy of late of joining Congress. Earlier there had been one and I had discussed it with AICC leaders because I was interested in him joining Congress as I think Roy is a good organiser. AICC leaders, however, were not too keen and it didn’t materialise. This time it was a pure courtesy visit. He had expressed his will to meet me. So what would I have said? I might have opposing political ideologies but I am not that narrow minded. I meet freely with many politicians of the Opposition camps,” Chowdhury said. He also said that Roy had said how sad and shocked he was by the way he was treated by the TMC leaders.Roy had met Chowdhury in New Delhi on Saturday for about two hours. Sources also said that Roy had met expelled CPIM leader Ritabrata Banerjee and there was a possibility that Roy was trying to muster up all resources to join the new party Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party (NTCP). Chowdhury turned down such probability as well. “I am the state president of a national political party. Why would I like to become the secretary of a newly formed party that no one is sure about?” Chowdhury said.
ALSO READ After Mukul Roy quits TMC, many consider following in his footsteps Talking about the recent attempt to assault state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Chowdhury said that it was an infringement of democratic rights. “There can be a difference of principles among supporters of different political parties but if the Mamata Banerjee-led government thought that BJP should be banned in West Bengal they should say that. But attacking a state president of a political party while he is visiting a particular place is definitely depriving one of one’s fundamental right,” Chowdhury added.
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