New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee is forcing the Prime Minister to drop Dinesh Trivedi, who is from her own party,as the Railways Minister. The PM has reportedly accepted her demand.
The action of the West Bengal Chief Minister came late in the night after Trivedi's stout defence of his proposal for across-the-board increase in rail fares to net Rs 4,000 crore in the Budget.
In a dramatic turnaround of events, Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday refuted all reports of him sending his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Trivedi was quoted as saying by “I have not resigned yet”. He made it clear that he would resign the moment the Prime Minister or Mamata Banerjee ask him to do so.
"I will not leave my duty," he told a Bengali news channel when asked about media reports that he has already resigned.
Mamata Banerjee last night had written a letter to the Prime Minister to name her Trinamool colleague Mukul Roy as railway minister after her nominee Dinesh Trivedi hiked passenger fares, a decision which the TMC chief vehemently opposed.
Mamata wrote the letter to Dr Singh after Trivedi refused to back off despite the TMC supremo’s strident criticism.
The incident came at the end of a dramatic day that saw rapid developments beginning with Trivedi proposing across the board hike in railway fares for the first time in 10 years.
It is being said that Mamata also spoke to Congress leadership in Delhi to press for Trivedi’s removal and is said to have been assured that her demand would be accepted.
The Congress core group met at the Prime Minister's residence late last night and weighed options to deal with the demand made by the Trinamool Congress chief.