BJP leader Tathagata Roy bids farewell to party for the time being

News Desk: Senior BJP leader Tathagata Roy, who has been lashing out at the party’s West Bengal leadership since the assembly poll debacle, on Saturday said he has decided to bid “farewell” to the state unit of the saffron camp for the time being, apparently indicating that he would stop criticism of its leaders.

Roy said he would wait to see the municipal poll results in Bengal. According to sources close to him, the term “farewell” doesn’t mean that he is leaving the party.

Roy was trying to say that he would stop attacking the state leadership for the time being as his criticism led to an embarrassment to the party, the sources said.

Earlier this week, the former governor of Meghalaya had said the party would become extinct if the state unit did not mend its ways. “I was not writing on Twitter to get applause from people. I was doing this to make the party aware of the fact that some leaders got swayed by women and wealth. Now only results will speak. I will wait for the results of the municipal polls. Farewell, for now, West Bengal BJP!” Roy said on the microblogging site on Saturday.

State BJP leaders declined to comment on the development.