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Mukul Roy
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National Vice President, Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
26 September 2020
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 2006 – 11 October 2017
Succeeded byAbir Biswas, AITC
ConstituencyWest Bengal
Cabinet Minister, Government of India
In office
20 March 2012 – 21 September 2012
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
DepartmentMinistry of Railways
Preceded byDinesh Trivedi
Succeeded byC. P. Joshi
Minister of State, Government of India
In office
19 May 2011 – 12 July 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterDinesh Trivedi
DepartmentMinistry of Railways
In office
2009 - 2011
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
MinisterG. K. Vasan
DepartmentMinistry of Shipping
Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2 May 2021
Preceded byAbani Mohan Joardar
ConstituencyKrishnanagar Uttar, Nadia
Personal details
Born (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 67)[1]
Kanchrapara, West Bengal, India[1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2017–present)
Other political
Spouse(s)Krishna Roy[1]
ChildrenSubhranshu Roy
ResidenceNew Delhi
Alma materCalcutta University
Madurai Kamaraj University

Mukul Roy (born 17 April 1954) is an Indian politician and national vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party . He had served as the 32nd Railway Minister of India. He is also a former member of the Rajya Sabha, representing West Bengal for two consecutive terms.[2] He also served as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping and later Ministry of Railways. He was formerly associated with the All India Trinamool Congress and Indian National Congress. On 26 September 2020, Roy was appointed as the National Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party.[3]

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.[4]

He has resigned from Trinamool Congress on 25 September 2017; later he was suspended form the party for six years for anti-party activities. He also resigned from Rajya Sabha membership on 11 October 2017.[5]

Educational qualifications

He did his BSc from Calcutta University.[6] He also earned an MA degree in public administration from the Madurai Kamaraj University in 2006.[7]

Political career

The President Pratibha Patil administering the oath as Minister of State to Mukul Roy at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 28 May 2009.

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

Roy was a founding member of All India Trinamool Congress which was formed in January 1998 as a breakaway faction of the Indian National Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. Soon he became the 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.[8]

In April 2006, Roy elected to Rajya Sabha and was a leader of All India Trinamool Congress from 28 May 2009 to 20 March 2012 in Rajya Sabha. In UPA II was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping first, then Minister of State 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 the 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.[9][10][11][12]

In 2012, he was the subject of a controversy 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.[13]

The President Pratibha Patil administering the oath as Cabinet Minister to Mukul Roy at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 20 March 2012.

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 an 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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Roy was suspended from the party for six years as met senior BJP leaders like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. He has resigned from Trinamool Congress on 25 September 2017. After that Roy also resigned from Rajya Sabha membership on 11 October 2017.[5][19]

Roy formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 3 November 2017. Upon joining the party, he said that he felt proud of working under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[20]

In the upcoming 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, Roy will contest from Krishnanagar Uttar constituency.[21][22]


  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. ^ "Shri Mukul Roy, Former Member Of Parliament (RAJYA SABHA)".
  3. ^ Mishra, Himanshu; Saha, Poulomi (26 September 2020). "Reshuffle in BJP: Mukul Roy appointed new vice president, Ram Madhav no more general secretary". India Today. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Mukul Roy losses Railways". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Mukul Roy: Long innings with Trinamool Congress over". Economic Times. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Who is Mukul Roy?". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Mukul Roy(All India Trinamool Congress(AITC)):(WEST BENGAL) - Affidavit Information of Candidate". Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "IndiaVotes AC: Jagatdal 2001". IndiaVotes. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Cabinet rank eludes defiant Mukul Roy – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Mukul Roy shunted out of Railways, IBN Live News". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  11. ^ Moitra, Sumit (11 July 2011). "Revealed: Why Mukul Roy lashed out at the prime minister". DNA India. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  12. ^ "12 वीं पास मुकुल रॉय बने नए रेल मंत्री". Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  13. ^ "India railway minister denies resignation reports". BBC News. 15 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Mamata wins, Rail fares rolled back". IndiaVoice. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Delhi University to send students on India Tour this July". Times of India. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Former Trinamool leader Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha". The Hindu. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Mukul Roy all set to form Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party?". 19 September 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Mukul Roy Resigns Rajya Sabha Seat, Quits Trinamool Congress". NDTV. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  19. ^ Datta Sengupta, Romita (25 September 2017). "Mukul Roy expelled from Trinamool Congress for 6 years after he announces resignation". India Today. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Mukul Roy Joins BJP Month After Quitting Trinamool Congress". NDTV. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  21. ^ "BJP releases list of 148 candidates for Bengal polls, Mukul Roy to contest from Krishnanagar Uttar". India Today. 18 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  22. ^ "West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Mukul Roy profile: BJP's Krishnanagar Uttar candidate to enter poll fray after two decades - Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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