Mukul Roy

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Mukul Roy(মুকুল রায়)
M.P Of Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 2012 – 11 October 2017
Minister of Railways
In office
20 March 2012 – 21 September 2012
Preceded by Dinesh Trivedi
Succeeded by C. P. Joshi
Personal details
Born (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 63)[1]
Kanchrapara, West Bengal[1]
Nationality Indian
Political party

Indian Youth Congress (until 1998)

Trinamool Congress (1998-2017)

Bharatiya Janata Party (2017-present)
Spouse(s) Krishna Roy[1]
Children Subhranshu Roy
Residence New Delhi
Alma mater Calcutta University
Occupation Politician
Profession Politician

Mukul Roy (Bengali: মুকুল রায়; born 17 April 1954) is a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and Ex Trinamool Congress Leader. He was the Railway Minister of India. He is an Indian politician and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, representing West Bengal. He also served as the National Vice-President of his party, the All India Trinamool Congress. He served as a Minister of State in the Railway Ministry with Manmohan Singh serving as the Cabinet Minister till 11 July 2011.

After Mamata Banerjee resigned as the Railway Minister to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Roy was handed additional charge of the Railway Ministry after Mamata expressed her desire that her party retain the Railway Ministry and personally recommended Roy to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.[2]

He has resigned from Trinamool Congress on 25 September, 2017 later he was suspended form the party for six year for anti-party activities. He also resigned from Rajya Sabha membership on October 11, 2017.[3].

Educational qualifications[edit]

He did his BSc from Calcutta University.[4] He also earned an MA degree in public administration from the Madurai Kamaraj University in 2006. [5]

Political Career[edit]

Roy started his political career as Youth Congress leader and became close to Mamata Banerjee who was also associated withYouth Congress.

Roy was founding member of Trinamool Congress which was formed in January 1998 as a breakaway faction of the Indian National Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. Soon he became party's face in New Delhi and was made general secretary in 2006.

In 2001 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, he was TMC candidate from Jagatdal constituency and came in second with 56,741.[6]

In April 2006, Roy elected to Rajya Sabha and was leader of Trinamool Congress from May 28, 2009 to March 20, 2012 in Rajya Sabha. In UPA II was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping first then Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Railways when Mamata Banerjee resigned.

On 11 July 2011, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed Mukul Roy to visit the site of derailment of the Guwahati-Puri Express in Assam, he openly defied him. This brought a lot of displeasure among the political circles and he was shunted out of the Railways portfolio in the latest cabinet reshuffle on 12 July 2011.[7][8][9][10]

In 2012, he was the subject of a controversy[clarification needed] regarding the Railway Budget. This happened after Mamata Banerjee expressed her discontent with the increase in passenger fares, and demanded the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi, Railway Minister.[11]

After Dinesh resigned, Mukul became the Railway Minister of India and he removed the fare hike introduced by the former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, to much criticism. With the exit of Trinamool from UPA coalition due to allowance of 51% FDI in retail and aviation sector, Mukul Roy's tenure of railway minister came to an end in the month of September 2012.[12]

Roy ran a special train called "DU Gyan Uday Express" a Bengali worded statement, which took 1000 students of Delhi University to places like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore during the summer break of 2012.[13][14]

An application has been submitted to the Election Commission for the formation of the new political party called Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party and Mukul aide Amitabha Majumdar has been named as the President. The head office of the party is located in Dinhata, in North Bengal. [15]

Roy and Mamata had a fall out in 2015 when his name came up in Saradha scam as well as in Narada sting operation in which TMC leaders are involved. [16]

Roy was suspended form the party for six year as met senior BJP leaders like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. He has resigned from Trinamool Congress on September 25, 2017. After that Roy also resigned from Rajya Sabha membership on October 11, 2017.[17][18].

Roy formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 3 November 2017. Upon joining the party, he said that he felt proud on working under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[19]


  1. ^ a b c "Detailed Profile – Shri Dinesh Trivedi – Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India". 12 December 1977. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mukul Roy loses Railways". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mukul Roy: Long innings with Trinamool Congress over". Economic Times. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Who is Mukul Roy?". Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Mukul Roy
  6. ^ 2001 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election
  7. ^ "Cabinet rank eludes defiant Mukul Roy – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  8. ^ "Mukul Roy shunted out of Railways, IBN Live News". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ DNA News: Revealed: Why Mukul Roy lashed out at the prime minister
  10. ^ 12 वीं पास मुकुल रॉय बने नए रेल मंत्री
  11. ^ "India railway minister denies resignation reports". BBC News. 15 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mamata wins, Rail fares rolled back". IndiaVoice. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Delhi University to send students on India Tour this July". Times of India. April 19, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Former Trinamool leader Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha". The Hindu. April 19, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Mukul Roy all set to form Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party?". Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Mukul Roy Resigns Rajya Sabha Seat, Quits Trinamool Congress". NDTV. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Mukul Roy: Long innings with Trinamool Congress over". Economic Times. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ Mukul Roy Quits Trinamool After Meeting With Top BJP Leaders
  19. ^ "Mukul Roy Joins BJP Month After Quitting Trinamool Congress". NDTV. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 

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