March 15th, 2012
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Dinesh Trivedi resigns;Mukul Roy to be new Railway Minister

trivedi-resignsNew Delhi: The disagreement over the hike in passenger fares in the rail Budget for 2012-13 has finally culminated in the  resignation of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. Mr Trivedi who presented his maiden budget yesterday handed over his resignation letter to the Prime Minister in the wee hours of the morning.

Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to the PM to remove Dinesh Trivedi as Railway Minister and proposed Mukul Roy’s name for the post. Mr Roy, who is Minister of State for Shipping, reached Delhi this morning. Sources say that the Congress may also agree to a partial rollback in passenger fares, which have been increased for the first time since 2002. The roll back however, is likely to happen only after March 16.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, and the TMC chief had earlier rejected the budget and demanded a roll back. Minister Trivedi tried to work out a compromise with his party but failed to reach a consensus. No sooner had Trivedi completed his speech his own party, the TMC strongly opposed the budget. Mamata Banerjee publically stated that the hike is not acceptable. “We are unhappy with the railway budget. We are against any hike in passenger fares and we will oppose the move. I am assuring you that we will not allow any hike,” she had said while addressing a meeting in Nandigram. Even after strong opposition from his own party members the Mr Trivedi defended his budget.

“It is a very big misconception that the railways is run from the Writer’s Building (headquarters of West Bengal government).The hike is in paisa, people can afford this hike. Bhagat Singh lost his life, losing a chair is no big deal.The railways was getting into the ICU and I have pulled it out of ICU. You cannot have everything together,” he retaliated yesterday.

 



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