Mamata wants Trivedi sacked, Cong nods in yes

Mamata wants Trivedi sacked, Cong nods in yes

Mamata wants Trivedi sacked, Cong nods in yes Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Hours after Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi presented his maiden budget, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday evening shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his dismissal and replacement with her trusted aide Mukul Roy.

The development came after the party put Trivedi on notice that it may replace him if he does not roll back the hike in passenger fares proposed by him in the Rail Budget 2012.

Mamata also spoke to Congress leadership in Delhi to press for Trivedi’s removal and is said to have been assured that it will be done.

The Congress core group met at the Prime Minister's residence late night and weighed options to deal with Mamata’s demands of sacking the incumbent Railways Minister.

While the group agreed in principle to accept Mamata's demand, it was decided that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee would talk to Banerjee and tell her that the decision on Trivedi would be taken after presentation of the general budget, party sources informed.

Meanwhile, it was not clear as to whom in the Congress Mamata spoke to, but party sources maintained that it was UPA’s trouble shooter Pranab Mukerjee.

The Congress has reacted to the development terming it as the “an internal matter" of Trinamool.
"It's an internal matter of that party (Trinamool Congress). The Prime Minister will take appropriate action", said Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi.

Mamata's decision has plunged the UPA government in an unusual political crisis. This has created an unprecedented situation in the country's parliamentary history when a minister is sought to be removed even before the budget presented by him has been discussed in Parliament.

In addition, it puts PM in a piquant situation. Earlier in the day, TMC Parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay said that a delegation of party MPs will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to press for a roll back of the fares.

The party has also threatened to move a cut motion against the fare hike.

TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared publicly that she would not allow the hike in fares which Trivedi proposed.

However, Trivedi stuck to his guns saying he has done his duty and he was not afraid of losing his job.

Taking on his own party, the Railway Minister said, “I am a Minister of Government of India. For me, my country comes first before anything else.”

Earlier in the day the Prime Minister has backed Trivedi describing the Railway Budget as "forward looking".

There are deep concerns within the UPA about Mamata's behaviour which comes two days before the General Budget is to be presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday.

The government was thus faced with a war within which could have serious consequences on its stability.

With PTI inputs
First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 21:04
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Mamta is other side of CPM. Wants every thing free of cost.
Rajendra Dharap - Thane
The Railway Minister has done his job accordingly to his ability. The increase in passenger fare is not rational. By showing increase in paisa per kilimeter the Minister should have described in terms of percentage over existing fare, which would have made his intention clear. The increase in fare should have been on percentage basis to make it more clear before the general public. It could be 2% for sleeper class, 5% for 3AC, 10% for 2AC and 15% for 1AC, no increase for suburban sector, because it is necessicity and not the luxury for General Public. For example a person travelling in AC class can afford increase but General Public at large travelling in Sleeper Class can`t afford the hike. By mentining increase in terms of ..... paisa per kilometer means the Minister has tried to make the General Public fool and nothing else. For example a person travelling by train has to take travelling distance at an average 500 Kilometer per trip. Now calculate the increase in fare how much it c
RK Mutha - Mumbai
I agree with Mamata Banerjee. Thousands of people travel everyday in train without ticket.If the railway minister could have find out a solution of collecting money from these ticket less pasengers then there was no need to increase the fare.
its vry shameful 4 any country which face ds kind of problems.trinamool also nw on the same footings like LEFTFRONT over the issue of Somenath Chatterjee........... I think railway fares should hv to hike much more then Trivedi`s proposals for the modernisation of Railways........... The politicians dont travel through train this days...........we d people know how we travel............ we need atleast some comfort while travling and I dont have any problem for the nominal hike in fare keeping in mind about the poor people of India.................
Rajesh sen, Advocate - Kolkata
its vry shameful 4 any country which face ds kind of problems.
Rajesh sen, Advocate - Kolkata
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