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PM regrets departure of Dinesh Trivedi

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A recent TV grap of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing the Parliament during a discussion.
A recent TV grap of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing the Parliament during a discussion.

Announcing the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he regretted the departure of the Railway Minister who had presented a budget which promised the “vision” outlined by his predecessor Mamata Banerjee.

Dr. Singh, who was forced by the Trinamool Congress chief to remove Mr. Trivedi from the Cabinet after he proposed rail fare hike in the budget, said a new Railway Minister will be sworn in soon.

“I received late last night an email message followed by a formal letter from Dinesh Trivedi tendering his resignation as Railway Minister,” the Prime Minister told the Lok Sabha while replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.

He said he would forward the letter to the President with the recommendation to accept the resignation.

“I regret the departure of Shri Trivedi,” he observed.

Dr. Singh said Mr. Trivedi had “presented a Railway Budget that had promised to carry out the Vision 2020 outlined by his predecessor,” a reference to Ms. Banerjee.

Ms. Banerjee had outlined Vision 2020 two years ago as a blueprint for modernising the railways.

“A new railway minister will be sworn in shortly. He will have the onerous duty of carrying forward the challenging task of modernising our railway system,” Dr. Singh said.

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They should have given him time to make adjustments in fares, if any, shouldn't have sacked him. We prefer traveling in safe and hygienic environment even if it comes with marginal increase in fares which if you think otherwise would have created more jobs in railways, given salaries to more ppl. Increment in fares would have been covered with those salaries employees would have got. Ultimately, it could've turned around the picture of railways. We are not competing with US, UK in railways, if we come at par with china only, it would be a satisfaction. Please share your views in this regard.

from:  Deepak A
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 11:59 IST

Spineless Congress and poor PM, fickle minded Mamata. The cabinet should have stood up behind a colleague.
Yeh Bharat Mahan!

from:  R Swaminathan
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 15:10 IST

Hmmm!!! My take on the same is mixed. The budget was definitely forward looking however the mathematics, it seems went somewhere wrong. I personally feel that the fair rise would not have been a problem provided it had been fixed rather than floating.
Talking about the politics of decision making; it has always been favourable to vote bank strategies and taking into consideration the thought I partially agree with the decision of Ms. Banerjee. The Decision Making which PM used can be slightly questionable but we must also consider the mounting pressure in seeming awake political scenario today.
Well! what is lost is lost and I hope that the same will not be repeated in the future, however that remains to be seen and we will be able to see it when it will come.

from:  Parag Chaudhary
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 13:44 IST

If the Trinamool Congress truly care for public, the middle-class and the aam aadmi, it should have fought for the complete withdrawal in the proposed increase in railway passenger fares this time. Instead, it has achieved a political drama making Mr.Trivedi a scapegoat. It's a poor show where democracy is crushed by few diktats.

from:  Asokan Palanivelu
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 13:29 IST

Failure at top level leadership is one of the biggest reason India is lagging behind in economy
and technology. I am sure congress could foresee it coming, if not, that is still another form of

from:  vinod
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 12:54 IST

Again the democracy had failed to establish a rule of law. A budget
once presented in the Parliament becomes the property of the
Parliament. A person outside the Govt has no right to dictate terms to
the Govt.As per the review of the budget.I feel people are less
bothered for fare hike but are for the security and sanitation, which
has degraded in last couple of years.A fare hike was much much needed
by railway to give quality services and open doors to new
recruitment.Any such positive move by any Govt should be welcomed,
because this is going to benefit the nation whole.

from:  Md Adil Rais
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 12:21 IST

High on the expectations PM does the same thing by accepting railways minister resignation.Nothing he can do rather than is worth to call that UPA2 as a lameduck government.Every time they succumbed to the pressure mounted by their alies specially TMC.It would be better if they appoint mamata banerjee as their leader.

from:  navdeep
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 10:58 IST

Ironically, all of a sudden, I've lost all the respect i had for Shri
Manmohan ji. I do not understand how a courageous person like him who
introduced revolutionary economic reforms two decades before, can
remain such a mute spectator. The conspicuous silence of opposition
party on this particular matter aggravates my suspicion and grief over
declining courage and integrity in public affairs. No ombudsman would
be able to restore the public confidence when the citizens are being
betrayed in such an overt manner by the people thought of having high
integrity and ethics. I can't but lament over this!

from:  Mohit Rudrapur
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 10:44 IST

Dr MMS - You may regret the resignation of Mr Trivedi..

But our fellow country men will NOT regret it if you were to resign..

Show some courage, sir.. Is holding on to power even at the cost of self-respect so important for a well educated person like you?

Or are you so afraid of facing mid term polls?

from:  Hari B
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 07:15 IST

The exit of Mr Dinesh Trivedy from the ministry was tragic and he became a scapegoat in
the coalition political scene in India. He respected the oath of secrecy, which was expected
of a responsible minister and he also designed a clear road map for building the proper
Infrastructure for the development of the Indian Railways. He certainly cannot be blamed
for increasing the railway fare for the needed finance for improvement of the railway travel.
In India. The prime minister deserves bouquets for having expressed regret for his exit
under such circumstances. If a partner in a coalition, tries to become a dictator, that marks
the road to the fall of a coalition . This is a case study in coalition politics and all the
partners in the coalition should now rise up for the maintenance of high standards in
The political scenario in India. Even the coalition partners in the opposition also cannot
Rejoice. One hopes , such tragedies will come to a halt.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 06:56 IST

PM says he would forward the resignation letter with a recommendation to accept it. He lauds Mr.Trivedi for his great visionary budget. So is he recommending the best man to leave the job?? So it's not the Madam's decision to accept the resignation but was strongly recommended by PM. UPA is not in crisis?? The word 'crisis' is in danger of losing it's meaning!!

from:  Pani
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 06:44 IST

Trivedi is good man! He did it for saving our biggest transportation network. I am pretty sure Mamata will destroy our backbone of country, if she comes in National politics in future. It's preety simple if she can't think, how can she govern!

from:  Amardeep
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 02:53 IST

Disappointing... Yes it is really disappointing. At certain point of
your journey you will be challenged by a test that determines your
integrity. I assumed that Trivedi proceeded with that budget under
your guidance and now you are accepting his resignation.

Oh. you may say that to keep the Govt going forward, you can accept
the sacrifices of one minister especially for his stand on what he
believes is good for railways. But if you consider the big picture,
I think you are setting a bad example for the people who wants to
do some good things against populists.

from:  Ravinder
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 20:01 IST

If Mr Dinesh Trivedi is Virat Kholi than Mr Pranab Mukherjee is
Sachin Tendulkar since his century is made for his own pride and
simirarily Pranab Mukherjee bats for his own carrer than bringing
India forward. Also sorry to say Pranabda has not done any good for
Bengal either.

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

Price hike after 8 years was very essential. This is something necessary for the functioning of one of the biggest network of India. Infact the price hike is not too much that will pinch to the passengers. Railway tickets are still the cheapest in all transportations of India.
Instead of regretting resignation of Mr. Trivedi, Prime Minister should have taken a strong decision to work out with TMC. It's a poor show where democracy is crushed by few diktats.

from:  Shailen
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:28 IST

shameful for indian democracy!!when prime minister reduced to 'first
among equals' in the case of sacking 'progressive' minister rather than
of presenting himself as 'captain' of coalition cabinet.

from:  dr.ish gupta
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:27 IST

Dr Manmohan Singh,( I refrain from calling him 'Our Prime Minister' because he clearly does not deserve this address) could have done more than showing regret. He could have backed this man and his budget but he chose not to, only because his affection for the Prime Minister's chair got the better of him.
He was elected to the post he is at, by us and we entrusted him with a task, a vision and the congress and its ministers have murdered all our hopes we had pinned on them. It is saddening to see the message that The House of Parliament sent accross the nation today- that there is no room for honesty, justice and morality in there.
And these are the people who talk of mooting out corruption.

from:  Juhi Jalota
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:23 IST

Now it is responsibility of the PM to get the railway budget passed in
its present form.
If failed to do so, he as the head of the team shall share the
responsibility like he has done in case of Nuclear bill and post his
resignation too...

from:  Prateek
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:22 IST

I am fully agreed with Ashwini M. (Ref. Mar 19, 2012 at 13:37 IST)

from:  Ranjit Banik
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:16 IST

Who is the PM, Mr Singh or Mamta Banerjee? Mamta Banerjee wants to be in the Centre as well as state like Lalu Prasad Yadav.Had the PM been honest to his conscience, he should have resigned on this very issue itself. Mamta Banerjee cannot command an elderly and veteran minister like Dinesh Trivedi, to tune to her fiddle.Her poor governance is obvious in WB.It is a big shame to top political leaders to stoop down to cheap politicians like Mamta Banerjee.Her poor governance was felt during her ministership as Railway Minister by frequent rail accidents due to unsafe conditions, about which she least cared.It is obvious that the welfare of the party is more important than the welfare of the nation. This day will be marked in History.She'll have to pay soon for her 'Vibharita Buddhi ' and her 'Vinasha Kal ' will soon set in.

from:  Dr.G.G.Rajan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:15 IST

The PM should have rallied for Mr.Trivedi's stay instead of succumbing
to Mamtha's pressure tactics. Its a shame that our country has got the
weakest government ever!

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:13 IST

Manmohan will always listen women. Good man but bad leader.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:01 IST

Our political system is very bad.
Why there is no public voting for this issue.

from:  Jigar Trivedi
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:00 IST

MS.Mamata wants PM also to dance for her tunes not only trivedi

from:  ilango
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:49 IST

I am amused to read that Mamta has a vision- or probably narrow vision.
When all costs are going up, why shouldn't the rail fare be? It's time
to bring in professionalism in all aspects and the proposal should make
business sense and not rely on subsidies. Subsidies are poor economics
and can't be given for all sundry affairs.

from:  C.P.Joshi
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:48 IST

Its shame on the part of manmohan singh who always acts as puppet.India will remain as developing if we have such political leaders

from:  Aruna
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:37 IST

It's a pity to see a minister who presented a progressive rail budget
after so long has been asked to resign by his own party chief. I wish in
next central elections a single party gets the majority so that it
doesn't have to have to listen to populist parties. It's a shame to see
a minister like Trivedi, who's got amazing credentials, resigning just a
week after he presented his maiden rail budget.

from:  Smith
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:30 IST

I am concerend about the Railways. There is a serious threat of the organisation collapsing due to losses. The price increase was nominal and necessary. Ms.Banerjee should take the responsibility in case the Railways is unable to pay the salaries to its 1.5 mmillion employees.

from:  Sriv
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:26 IST

+1 Manoharan.

from:  Anurag shukla
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:13 IST

Pathetic state of Indian Politics and politicians. TMC has lost the ground for this illogical behavior. Mamata has got no mamta(affection) for common man. She hell bent to abide her ideology which is thoroughly wrong. and their bigger partner Congress are also in the same boat. PM's post has become a mockery and dummy since UPA I govt. Hope they come to their senses and work for the country.

from:  Aditya Abhinav
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 15:06 IST

Perhaps, the first in Indian political history, that the Central Minister, is called back to the pavillion, while the play is still on.Is it not a discredit to the PM,for letting the coalition partners to armtwist the highest office? TMC may have hundred reasons to turn the heat on to the minister from its own camp.But the failure of the PM in giving in to the pressure, rather than prevailing over, has enfeebled the Constitutional tenets. Mamata, who is hitting headlines for the successive follies of TMC Bengal turf,could now walk with pro-people janta,thanks indeed to apprehended threat to the rule at centre, which UPA cannot resist, what if the resignation of Trivedi may earn utter ridicule.

from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:58 IST

this govt. is not a forward looking govt. they have not done any thing to help upspring the economy and help Indias internal security ,
they delay food security bill till december as if people will hold their hunger till then ,the opposition not in a position to give a good govt either . GOD if you are there help this country ...

from:  bhagat
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:56 IST

MR. PM stop blaming the coalation. Learn a few things from Mr. Trivedi. Reduce your love for the PM's chair. Its all ur dirty politics in terms of farm loan waiver to garner votes in 2009 which has led to a rise in fiscal deficit. Why should we share the burden of ur mistakes. Please Quit and resign if u have any shame left

from:  Jimesh
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Safeguarding the position as PM is more important than standing by his words as Railway Budget is forward looking. This makes clear that what a minister could do to this nation.

from:  Bensam
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:24 IST

Our government follows Bhagvad Gita teachings wherever it is convenient
to them. So in order to save all governments ((political family) from
the wrath of people one person is being sacrificed. Doctors,scientists,
engineers, educators, farmers, writers, manufacturers,soldiers etc.etc.
are all regulated and controlled by politicians. So who are superior and
smart in a democracy?

from:  M.V. Rangaraajan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 14:01 IST

Mr. PM what message you are sending to the world? I remember Mr. Obama
announcing when Dr. Manmohan Singh speaks world listens. Here we can
see clearly what you spoke Mamta didn't listen at all. What should be
your priority running the government or letting the nation move ahead?
What stopped you from offering a goodbye to Mamta. Yes it might be fear
of striking the minority and fall of government. But what is your
priority Mr. minister running the government which has been reduced to
just a source of breaking news or taking the country to progress? Why
didn't your inner consonance make you refuse Mamta's diktat? Should we
infer that government is run not by parliament but by righters

from:  Ajeet Tiwari
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 13:49 IST

It is a big shame to top political leaders of our country wherein the Union Railway Minister has to resign for just not dancing to the tunes of Ms.Mamata Banerjee. It gives out a clear message that the welfare of the party is more important than the welfare of the nation. This day will be marked in History.

from:  Ashwini M
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 13:37 IST

Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh described the railway budget as
forward looking.He should explain to the nation what made him drop the
person who presented that forward looking budget.
Manmohan Singh has been identified with dithering and
indecisiveness.This nation was heralded by leaders of the calibre of
Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who stood like rock to any action that is
detrimental to the interest of the nation.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 13:29 IST
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