KOLKATA: Two days after the high-voltage drama triggering speculations about Satabdi Roy’s defection to the BJP, the actor-turned-MP from Birbhum has been elevated as the vice-president of the party’s state committee.
Raising eyebrows of many in Bengal’s political circle, the elevation of the MP, who expressed her disenchantment two days ago but changed her mood after meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, is said to be a move to stop possible changes in Satabdi’s loyalty.
“I had some issues. I told all of you on Facebook. After an elaborate discussion with Trinamool’s favourite leader Abhishek Banerjee, I am hopeful that the problems would be sorted out soon,” said Stabdi.
The MP’s induction in the state committee is said to be a message to other potential defectors in the ruling party’s camp who are believed to be in the fray for jumping over to BJP following Mamata’s once-trusted lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari’s high-profile exit and induction in the saffron camp.
On Friday, Satabdi had said she would fly to Delhi next morning triggering speculations that she might meet Union Home Minister and BJP’s second-in-command Amit Shah. However, she changed her stance on the same day and cancelled her tip to the national capital reaffirming her trust on the TMC.