RSS Reluctant To Let Gautam Roy Into BJP
GUWAHATI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has restricted the entry of the Congress heavyweight from Barak Valley, Gautam Roy’s entry into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Many BJP leaders are trying to induct Gautam Roy into the party, but the RSS has restricted the entry because of the complications involved in the issue,” said a top RSS leader from Assam under condition of anonymity.
The leader expressed that when Roy was in power, he had “tortured” many RSS and BJP members in the Barak Valley. Therefore, the RSS is totally against his induction into the saffron party.
During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Roy tried his best to join the BJP and it was also rumoured that he might contest on a BJP ticket from Silchar against Congress leader Sushmita Dev.
A BJP source in Hailakandi district, talking to G Plus, said that there are a few BJP leaders who have some connivance with Roy and they pulled the strings with the BJP high command to induct Roy into the BJP. But the RSS and the local BJP members protested against the decision.
Gautam Roy is a heavyweight Congress leader and even backed former Congress and present BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma during the dissidence which erupted in Assam Congress after BJP won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But later, after Himanta’s demands were not addressed by the Congress high command, Roy parted ways with Himanta and backed the Tarun Gogoi lobby to get the social welfare ministry in Assam.
“He can never join BJP,” said the top RSS leader.