March 17th, 2012
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TMC asks Trivedi to graciously exist; Trivedi insists on witten request


New Delhi: Trinamool Congress Chief Whip Kalyan Banerjee, during a telephonic conversation with Railway Minister Mr Trivedi advised him to resign from the Railway Minister’s post instead of waiting to be given the pink slip. Mr Banerjee asked the minister to make a gracious exit and not wait to be sacked.

“You took oath as minister because the party wanted you to do so. The party today does not want you to take oath so you should resign,” Mr Banerjee said.  It is not fair on his part to insist on party directive in writing, pointing out that when he became a minister he had not insisted in writing about it from the party leader Mamata, he added.

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi however insisted that he would quit only after Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee gave him a directive in writing. “Neither Mamata Banerjee or the PM have asked me to resign. If such a thing is there, then let them send a letter to avoid any confusion. I am going to carry on my duty as long as I am the Railways Minister,” Mr Trivedi told reporters. He claims that he will quit as soon as Ms Banerjee asks him to resign in black and white. While talking to National television he said that he would abide by the party’s decision. “If I wanted to stay in my chair, I could have. I don’t want to be humiliated like this. I have done my bit. Let them convey it to me properly. I will resign in a day or two,” he added.

Meanwhile 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.  “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 while speaking about her preferred Railway Minister.


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