Update at 8:18 PM: Upon landing in New Delhi, Mukul Roy said: "No MLAs have come today. Whatever is to happen will happen after the oath-taking (May 30). All MLAs will come."
In a significant development that comes as a blow for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, three Trinamool MLAs led by Trinamool-turned-BJP leader Mukul Roy's son Subhgangshu Roy are on their way from Kolkata to New Delhi and are likely to join the BJP.
As per inputs, Subhrangshu Roy, an expelled Trinamool MLA, is on his way along with Shilbhadra Dutta and Sunil Singh.
Subhrangshu Roy, the legislator for the state's Bijpur assembly seat, had been suspended from the Trinamool for six years for anti-party activities and had only recently declared that he would be joining the BJP.
Mukul Roy has been a constant thorn in Mamata Banerjee's side, ever since he quit the Trinamool to join the BJP in November 2017 after the pair had a falling-out.
The Trinamool suffered a big setback in West Bengal in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, with the BJP managing to win a massive 18 seats compared to just 2 in 2014, while the Trinamool's own tally fell from 34 seats to 22. Additionally, as per the Election Commission, the BJP almost equalled the Trinamool's vote-share in the state after a high-voltage and combative campaign, winning 40.3% votes in comparison to Trinamool's 43.3%.
During the campaign in the state in which a war-of-words of some sort or the other had broken out almost each day, PM Modi had on April 29 had sensationally said during a poll rally in Serampore that around 40 Trinamool MLAs were in touch with the BJP and they were waiting for the election results to make their next move.
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, the Trinamool had won a massive 211 seats out of 295 in the assembly, with the BJP also falling behind the Congress and the Left. In 2019, however, the party has made significant inroads.
Following the election results, Mamata Banerjee had said that she had offered to resign as the Chief Minister of the state and function only as the chief of the Trinamool. However, the party had rejected her resignation, she had added. The BJP, on the other hand, had said that she was simply attempting to gain sympathy.