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TMC advises Mukul Roy to focus on BJP organisation in Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

West Bengal's ruling today advised leader to focus on party organisation rather than resorting to gimmicks after former TMC turned down the saffron party's offer to contest the upcoming assembly bypoll.

The TMC also refuted allegations by that Basu was intimidated and forced to change her stance and express her loyalty towards TMC.

"You cannot ask someone to express her loyalty towards by threatening her. Rather than resorting to such gimmicks, the man from Kanchrapara (Mukul Roy) should focus on building organisation of his party," general

Another Jyotipriyo Mullick, said, Roy was trying to misled the as Basu has never willing to join

The central leadership had announced Basu's name as the party's candidate for the byelection yesterday evening. Hours later, Basu told reporters that she is still with the TMC.

The two-time TMC from assembly seat, however, chose to speak little on the matter and said it was her personal decision to decline the offer.

"You can have offers from various political parties. But whether you will accept it or not is a personal decision."

Basu, known to be a close associate of during his stint with the TMC, was seen holding regular talks with the in the past few days after being denied a ticket from the seat by the

A senior leader claimed that Roy, who had joined the saffron party in November last year, had pitched for Basu even as a section of state leadership was not very keen on giving her the ticket.

"She was willing to contest on ticket. But TMC threatened her to change her stance. This instance proves that there is place for democracy in Bengal," said Roy.

The TMC has announced the name of as its candidate from

The assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Madhusudan Ghose a few months ago.

The bypoll has been scheduled for January 29 and counting of votes will take place on February 1.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:35 IST