Once TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's right hand man, Roy fell out with her and had quit TMC last month and resigned from Rajya Sabha membership.
"I believe in the leadership of Narendra Modi ji, Kailash Vijayvargiya ji and Amit (Shah) bhai, in the near future, BJP will come to power in West Bengal for the benefit of people of West Bengal", he said.
Roy was once considered as one of the closest aides of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
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Roy, who was associated with TMC for almost 20 years, was sidelined from the party after his name cropped in Saradha chit fund scam in 2015. "He also effectively fought excesses and atrocities of the previous CPI (M) Governments and insisted that Roy expressed his desire to join the BJP unconditionally and the party welcomes him wholeheartedly", Prasad said. "BJP is not a communal force".
"I believe his (Mukul Roy) experience will surely benefit us". Mr Roy is one of the founding members of TMC, which he quit recently, after being sidelined. West Bengal is among the states where the BJP is eyeing around 150 seats.
The CPI (M), however, viewed the development as a tacit understanding between the TMC and the BJP. He was inducted into the BJP at its headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of its president Amit Shah.
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"Today a veteran public figure and political leader, Mukul Roy has joined BJP".
Biswanath Chakraborty, a professor of political science at Kolkata's Rabindra Bharati University, had early said Roy's defection would be a bigger gain for the BJP than a loss for the Trinamool Congress, coming ahead of the 2018 panchayat election. "He will act as a bridge between the BJP and the Trinamool", said Omprakash Mishra, AICC member and a general secretary of the Congress in Bengal. BJP had prior to his joining always targeted Roy and other TMC leaders for their alleged involvement in several corruption scandals.
Roy told journalists on Friday that "restoring democracy" in West Bengal would be his priority.
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Since then the BJP has turned its focus on West Bengal - along with the northeast and states such as Kerala and Odisha - for the next elections.
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