Will quit BJP if Debashree Roy joins party: Sovan Chatterjee

Former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who had expressed the desire to part ways with the BJP weeks after joining it, on Tuesday said he would quit the party if TMC MLA Debashree Roy joins the saffron camp.

His comments came in the backdrop of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh saying it is his prerogative to decide whether Debashree will join the party or not and he is not bound by any "directive or condition set by others".

The latest development comes after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy had a meeting with Debashree in New Delhi on Monday night and claimed that the latter was "not leaving the party as of now".

Debashree, a four-time Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA who joined the BJP on August 14, wanted to part ways with the party for being "regularly humiliated", his close associate Baishakhi Banerjee had claimed on Saturday.

Both Baishakhi and Sovan had a marathon meeting with Roy at the latter's New Delhi residence on Monday night, BJP sources said.