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Updated: March 18, 2012 02:05 IST

Let Mamata convey decision in writing and I'll quit, says Trivedi

Shiv Sahay Singh
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Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi talks to the media, in New Delhi. File photo
PTI Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi talks to the media, in New Delhi. File photo

The Trinamool Congress' chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Kalyan Banerjee, has asked Dinesh Trivedi to tender his resignation, but the Railway Minister seems to be unwilling to oblige him, saying the decision has to be communicated to him by party chairperson Mamata Banerjee, preferably in writing.

Asked about the resignation of Mr. Trivedi, Ms. Banerjee passed the buck to the Centre stating the “Government has to decide” on the matter. She was speaking to journalists in the Legislative Assembly complex, after four Trinamool candidates filed nominations on Saturday for the coming Rajya Sabha elections

“You can talk to Kalyan Banerjee. I have said whatever I had to say. I cannot comment every day. Government has to decide,” she said.

Ms. Banerjee made evident her choice for the successor to Mr. Trivedi, when she addressed Mukul Roy, Trinamool general secretary and Union Minister of State for Shipping, as “the Railway Minister in waiting…our candidate for the post.”

Earlier in the day, Mr. Kalyan Banerjee spoke to Mr. Trivedi over telephone and informed him that the party wanted him to quit. “I told him that you must understand the situation. The party does not want you [as Railway Minister]. Let there be a glorious departure on your part; before you are sacked you should resign,” Mr. Banerjee told journalists.

He said Mr. Trivedi replied that the “chairperson should inform him in writing” of the party's decision.

In response, Mr. Banerjee told Mr. Trivedi that he became Railway Minister only because the party wanted him to take over. “At that time you did not want in writing that you should take oath as Railway Minister.”

Sudip Bandopadhyay, leader of the party in Parliament, said no letter would be sent in this regard. “Letter? What letter..” he said talking to journalists after a meeting with Ms. Banerjee at the Secretariat.

On March 14, hours after Mr. Trivedi presented his first Railway budget, in which he proposed an increase in passenger fares, the Trinamool opposed it and demanded a rollback.

Ms. Banerjee also sent a communication to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking removal of Mr. Trivedi as Railway Minister later in the evening.

Admitting that Dr. Singh had received her communication, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament on Thursday that the matter was under active consideration of the Prime Minister. “As and when a decision is taken, the House will be informed,” he said.

In case Mamata’s TMC seeks a cut motion on the railway budget to nix the fare hike, probably Dinesh Trivedi’s position will become untenable. Of course, though submitted to Parliament, the budget proposals can be withdrawn or amended, if the minister is prevailed by UPA and Congress takes a real initiative.

The present predicament in Parliament hurled from the TMC pergola may lead to the sacking of Dinesh Trivedi with the due consent of Congress. The current encounter of Congress coincides with its marked de-escalation of resentments with Samajwadi Party. It is desirable for Congress to look towards SP which has 22 members in Lok Sabha and offset loss of 19 members of TMC! Let Congress gracefully welcome the Akhilesh Yadav's new government and bond a new relationship.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri.Chennai
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 12:00 IST

Dinesh Trivedi IS the railway minister of INDIA and TMC MP.Mamta
Banaarjee can't treat as like as a dictator with a RAILWAY MINISTER who
is representing the whole country country.He is trying to end the
traditional system of populism of railway ministers and so he has
become a victim of dirty politics .Why every things price will hike and
not passengers fare?How long it will be constant.If he losing the
confidence Only PRIME MINISTER has the right to say him to resign.no
one can say him to resign .

from:  mohini
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 08:56 IST

The PM earlier obliged Karunanidhi when the latter demanded the sacking of Maran over his family squabble! At least Mamata's demand is based on her notion of social equity, however misguided it may be. One wishes that our renowned PM has shown the same character as Trivedi in standing up for the principles demanded of him by the throne he occupies.

from:  RAMAKRISHNAN
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 00:45 IST

Mr.Trivedi should obey the diktat of his party high command and not that
of the Congress. He acts as if he is an MP of the Congress and not of
the TC. Making proposals not welcome by his party is like being a
traitor to his own party. Would the Congress high command tolerate such
arrogance and treachery from a Congress Cabinet Minister? No, never.

from:  Ash
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 23:54 IST

Even if Mamata gives a letter in writing asking Trivedi to resign from
the Minister Post, it will not stand in court of Law. How can a Minister
be removed from the cabinet? The guidelines for the removal of a
Minister from the cabinet can be published in the Press by the
Government of India. It is foolishness on the part of Mamata , asking
Trivedi to resign on account of fare hike in Railways.

from:  N R Ravisankar
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 20:40 IST

The root cause for this imbroglio appears to be the adamant and unilateral actions of Mr.Trivedi while heeding to the party's supremo on such an important exercise like preparation and presentation of Railway Budget.At the same time the blackmailing like tactics being resorted to by Ms.Mamata at this crucial moment doesn't seem to be appropriate of herself when the issue is not that much hard to be cracked.Since the Rly budget is at the stage of dicussion,Mr.Trivedi was right in his saying that being the Rly minister he is mandated to reply the questions over the Rly Budget.

from:  Anthony Rao.Reddy
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 20:33 IST

Bold move form the minister. Its high time people prepare to pay for the
what they use.
Keeping the people perpetually insulated from inflation will definitely
take a toll on the railways. Never has there been an occasion where the
supply was adequate enough to cover the demand in case of railways. I
would rather prefer to pay a little more now to ensure adequacy and
amenities in near future.
Right decision and time to bite the bullet.

from:  Prasath
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 19:33 IST

Mr. Dinesh trivedi is a man of super-strong spine. If Mr. Manmohan Singh succumbs to the tantrums of Didi, I am sure that Mr.Trivedi's successor will find the railway minister's chair full of thorns, the railway workers' unions have welcomed the budget. So I will not be surprised if Mr Trivedi's replacement finds dozens of hindrances and impediments in the day to day administration of the ministry. I can foresee innumerable strikes looming in the horizon to show the displeasure of the aam aadmi to the dictates of Didi. Will the UPA Cabinet show some will power and sagacity to benfit the aam aadmi?

from:  P.S.ARUNACHALAM
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 18:25 IST

Mamatha is trying to sound the death knell to democracy in the present scene. in a country, where there are so many partners in a ruling coalition, the partners will have to adopt the principle of give and take, and the action of the the CM of west Bengal is quite Unbecoming of a responsible leader in joint governance. She is now in the steps of HITLER, MUSSOLINI AND STALIN and is a big blow to the present government. She did The same thing, when she was out of power in Bengal. The left government wanted to Industrialize and she resorted to street fight. The TATAS left Bengal and this was a gain To MODi. The present action in asking the Railway minister is another action. She Believes only in such fights with her own responsible partners and those in opposition. Tolerance is not a word to be found in her dictionary. The cabinet ministers in a coalition Are bound by their oath, and the street fighter pooh poohs the entire world.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 16:14 IST

No MP is above his parfty. He must comsult the party for adopting any policy.Budgets are made on the policy of the party. Dinesh Trivedi elected on party symbol and should follow the dictation of the party. He is not elected as an individual.

from:  Chanchal Dutta
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 16:07 IST

I am smelling a conspiracy on part Congress. Otherwise how TC MP can
ask its supremo to give her wish in writing then only he can think of
acting on that. Now it seems that the whole episode has little to do
with the emancipation of Railway (for which we all have been giving
credit to our incumbent railway minister Mr. Dinesh Trivedi). Congress
also fueling this issue so that Mamata Banarjee would become the
culprit and not the congress. You say that our Railway system is in
crumbling, but I say which department is not. You say Mamta Banarjee
act like a dictator, but I say Whole Congress party has been acting
like that only since 2009. Congress (biggest party of UPA) now
understands only that language. Their front line ministers have been
talking so irresponsibly, now it just bouncing back to them what they
have given to others.

from:  anand
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 15:38 IST

Ms. Mamaata Banerjee's dictat to Mr. Trivedi to resign graciously from the Cabinet is unwarranted. If he had raised the train fare, it was in the interest of Indian Railways and one should see his action in that perspective. Action for immediate gain will adversely affect the long term goal. For the last 8 years, there was no hike in train fare. Running expenses, pension to railway staff, etc. are not adequate enough with the revenue the railways generate. Populism should not be at the cost of safety and economic viability. If the resources are not increased periodically in proportion to other economics, it will cripple the functioning of Railways. Ms Banerjee should see reason and she should not go too far to sack the minister. Hike in fare should not only be borne by West Bengal people alone but also by all Indians travelling by rail. If one fails to objectively see the good action, what is the point in calling himself/herself a leader. Vindictive action will doom the TMC.

from:  S Raghavan
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 15:05 IST

A minister,who was not so good a 'politician' and thus wanted to bring
a derailing organization back on track,has to succumb to an autocratic
leader's wish.The man wanted to end the tradition of populist policies
and to foster a long term advancement of Railways and we let him go.
Says a lot about our character as a nation.:(

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:14 IST

It is outrageous. Mamta's politics is irrational! She may be jealous
that Mr.Trivedi has accomplished in his budget what she could not do as
railway minister. For the first time we have a forward-looking railway
budget, which is committed to modernising Indian railways. Populism has
been the cancer of all railway budgets from the time of Laloo Prasad
Yadav. The present budget is a revolutionary break with that tradition.
It should not be held hostage to petty-mindedness of the leader of a
regional party.

from:  Rafa
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:15 IST

A person who has taken oath of secrecy as minister remains a minister until he loses the confidence of the prime minister or chief minister as the case may be. It is for the prime minister to ask shri dinesh trivedi to drop or ask him to resign and no one from outside the prime minister has a right to to do so. Shri Trivedi should not bow to the pressure of his party supremo.She has written to the prime minister and there ends her role.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:10 IST
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