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It’s time PM replaced Trivedi: Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee

Firm on the removal of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today asserted that it was time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to act on her plea to replace Mr. Trivedi with another party nominee Mukul Roy.

“I have already said whatever I have had to say. Now the government has to decide. Mukul Roy will be our candidate for the Railway Minister,” Ms. Banerjee said during the filing of nominations for Rajya Sabha elections by Mr. Roy, the Union minister of State for Shipping, and three others.

She described Mr. Roy, who filed nomination for a second term in the Rajya Sabha from the State, as a ‘loyal soldier’ of the party.

“He has been a loyal soldier of the party. He has served Rajya Sabha for six years. We have re-nominated him. He is our party’s all-India general secretary,” she said.

Ms. Banerjee’s comment came shortly after Trinamool Congress Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha Kalyan Banerjee telephoned Mr. Trivedi in the morning and asked him to quit, but the Railway Minister insisted on a letter from the party chairperson.

Asked to comment on Mr. Trivedi’s stand and Kalyan Banerjee’s telephone call to him, Ms. Banerjee declined to comment saying “ask Kalyan Banerjee who is the party chief whip in Lok Sabha.”

Defends decision not to support Cong.

Ms. Banerjee defended her party’s decision not to support Congress nominees in the Rajya Sabha elections from the State.

As the Trinamool gave a seat to the Congress in the earlier election to the Upper House, the party was this time expected to support the Trinamool in this election, Ms. Banerjee said.

If this is the scenario then shortly we will see the demise of an
organisation which was started under Governor general Dalhousie in
1853. The Indian Railways. In the past 9 years fuel prices were hiked
manifold, recommendations of VIth pay commission were introduced,
compensation during rail accidents were given. Indian Railway is not a
charitable organisation. Instead of adopting over populist measures
Mrs M.Banerjee has to think about the financial viability of her roll
back proposal.
Remember one thing Mr. Mukul Roy is the same person who didn't even
bother to visit the accident site when he was the interim Railway
minister in 2011.
For this reason only Dr. Manmohan Singh refused to accept him as
Railway minister.

from:  A R Vinayak Das
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 01:47 IST

It’s time PM replaced Trivedi: Mamata
There's only one answer to such arrogant bluster......
"Its time PM replaced his coalitions partner".
Pandering to Bannerjee irresponsible populism, is no way forward for the UPA which is in serious danger of losing its reformist credentials and losing the next election. With the price of oil spiking upwards ballooning the Government's subsidy load and deficit at the very time the external deficit is widening and the economy is stalling. Only massive investment inflow can ensure growth targets are achieved. The latest budget looks like a retreat to the pre-1990's reform era. But who cares if the new rate of growth pans out at 5.5% (as it most likely will) as long as we outlaw price rises, keep the beggars happy and voting for their imagined saviours. Sound familiar? Juan Peron and his successors tried similar populism in Argentina, the country defaulted spectacularly in 2001 and has been locked out of global capital ever since.

from:  Mark Annand
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 19:22 IST

The allotment of portfolios and selection of ministers ,if it is the prerogative of
the Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh should select somebody from some other
party to handle Railways.

from:  M.Sankaralingam
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 21:58 IST

It is difficult to believe that Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi will be acting the way he is now without some support from a source the identity of which anyone can guess. The possibility of a single party rule in the country seems to be remote considering the present political strength of the Congress and the BJP. Rule by a coalition is what one would expect at least in the near future. From the way the Trivedi incident is developing it is clear that the Congress is not comfortable with leading a coalition. Political instability may be the outcome from such a political scenario.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 21:33 IST

If the Minister Trivedi is dropped from the Ministry, the Government of
India should also withdraw the fare hike in Railways. Let the new
Minister decide the fare hike in consultation with Mamata and PM.

from:  N R Ravisankar
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 20:34 IST

Why should Trivedi resign? He made a very good budget and for that
reason only PM should NEVER fire him. It is Mamata who is useless person
should resign. If PM has guts then he should stand up and support
Trivedi and his budget. Mamata Banerjee was never a team player when it
national interest matters. If one does not raise railway fares evenly
then slowly railway services will deteriorate and ultimately no body
will use it. It is already bad.

from:  Mahendra Patel
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 20:10 IST

Though Mr. Trivedi's stand violates party discipline, he is fully justified in insisting on his duty to defend his budget especially in view of overwhelming support his budget got and nearly total lack of logic in Mamata's stand. First, people hardly travel on their own and number of such personally funded travels in AC higher classes are too few to impact middle class family budget. Mostly AC higher class travels are funded by employers. TMC should have limited it's demand for roll back at the most to 2nd non AC class and 3 tier AC. One's sense is Mamata's belligerency in much softer already. Also, this episode has shown Mamata in very poor light and her blind supporters as pitiable psychophants. One hopes Dwivedi is not alone in TMC in asserting against Mamata's blatantly authoritarian ways. One also wonders if She is such a champion of "Manush:" how come introduction of assured one seat in unreserved bogies in all long distance passenger trains has not occured to her?

from:  Ashim Kumar Chatterjee
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Do we want only loyal soldiers --a YES man Always or an intelligent commander who builds an intelligent rapport with party boss and steer partys objectives.

from:  s.srinivasan
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 18:28 IST

It is the prerogative of Prime Minister, either to appoint or to remove a minister. Let Mamataji think about this stipulation, before demanding dismissal of the current railway minister.

from:  Dr. G. Satyanarayana
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 17:39 IST
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