Industry on Thursday expressed disappointment over the resignation of Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy, who was adviser to the State Government’s Commerce & Industries Department. Many fear that the finalisation of an industrial policy, a matter in which he had taken initiative, could be delayed.

He had also very recently sought industry’s feedback for framing an IT policy and industry fears that the entire matter will fall thorough now after his sudden exit.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appointed Mr. Roy, a senior leader of the party. to the post after she pulled out her party Ministers from the government last year. Since then he had been playing an active role in matters of the Department, which is headed by Partha Chatterjee, another senior leader.

The resignation is being seen as fallout of the clash of personalities between the two, although Mr. Chatterjee was quick to deny any such thing.

Many believe that a chasm had developed between the Chief Minister and Mr. Roy over his stand on Ms. Banerjee’s land and industrialisation policies.

An official of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce said, “He had a rational mind... we could get our points across to him with ease, he was also playing an active role in hammering out an industrial policy... we fear that would be delayed now.”

Assistant Director-General of the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry S. Roy said, “Mr. Roy’s accessibility was a very major point for us and he will be missed.”

Industry leaders hailed the TMC leader for his positive outlook. His view that big industry was required in the State was shared by the industry, which felt that medium and small units could only flourish where big industry has already marked a presence.

An official of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce said Mr. Roy’s experience and exposure as a Central Minister came very handy. “He had necessary experience and expertise,” the official said.