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Updated: March 15, 2012 17:55 IST

Trinamool sticks to sack Trivedi, hike rollback demands

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Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandopadhyay and Mukul Roy participate in protest at the Parliament campus on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandopadhyay and Mukul Roy participate in protest at the Parliament campus on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Indicating that the exit of Dinesh Trivedi as Railway Minister was a matter of time, Trinamool Congress on Thursday said its priority was to ensure a “complete rollback” of the fare hike announced in the rail budget.

“Our priority is complete rollback of the hike. How the government does it, only they have to decide. They can do it after the discussion on the rail budget or before that. It is only the government which will have to decide,” party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay told reporters in New Delhi.

To a question on the replacement of Mr. Trivedi as Railway Minister, Mr. Bandopadhyay said, “It is a closed chapter”.

Asked whether they would wait till the debate on the rail budget was over and a rollback announced, he said, “I only hope that the rollback will be announced by a new (Railway) Minister... Wait for the discussion (on rail budget) to take place.”

Noting that the debate on rail budget was slated on Thursday, Mr. Bandopadhyay said, “Now it will only be next week. It has been deferred. This shows the government is also taking its time.”

He said the Congress has “also agreed to the principle that in a coalition, the parties send names of those who are to be inducted into the Council of Ministers or change the names”.

Mr. Bandopadhyay was replying to questions after a meeting of party MPs in New Delhi. The meeting came after he held consultations with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue in the Lok Sabha on the sidelines of debate on the President’s address.

The Trinamool leader went to Mr. Mukherjee’s seat apparently to discuss the Trivedi issue. The Finance Minister was seen telling him something and Mr. Bandopadhyay grabbed a notepad and took down the points.

Soon thereafter, Mr. Bandopadhyay and other party members — including Mukul Roy, whom Mamata Banerjee has named as the replacement for Mr. Trivedi as Railway Minister — left the House.

Mr. Mukherjee also left within a few seconds.

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it was rightly said that mamta wants to run the railway ministry from Writers building and she wants all the Trinamul congress person to act as her mouth piece , the persons at center are supposed to have policy on national level and this episode clearly indicates her dictorail nature , rest assured no idustry is going to come to paschim Banga with her attitude and she is not going to get power in the next election and may be her ministry may not last the full term because many may defect probaly to congress , she is supporting congress because she goes with begging bowl and gets crumbs and peieces in return for her support , the intellectual bengal is going to suffer as there is no productivity and only expenses.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 01:10 IST

The instability in the cabinet and between the TMC and UPA is quite a serious matter and does show the weakness of the government. The citizens of India at least deserve to see a unified government. The rail budget given by Mr. Trivedi has been quite good, especially in including almost all places of the country. It is however hard to fulfill the demands of each an every part of the country in just one budget. It may be wise for TMC and the UPA to allow him to continue as the union railway minister. If the TMC can reach a compromise with Mr. Trivedi on fare hike with a reduced fare hike, it would help the citizens and satisfy both the parties.

from:  PK
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 18:40 IST
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