Rly Min holdsmeetings in Parliament corridor
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 21:00
New Delhi: A high drama was enacted in the Parliament House today with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi holding official meetings with former counterpart Lalu Prasad and top officials in the corridor in the absence of a room.

"It is an insult to the Railway Ministry," a bitter Trivedi said.

Following interventions by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as well as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal, the issue was finally resolved and he was allotted room number 6 which has been the office of the Railway Minister for several years.

The matter was raised by Minister of State Sudip Bandopadhyay with the prime minister who instructed Bansal to resolve the matter. Bansal also spoke to Mamata on phone to inform her that the matter has been resolved.

The controversy began yesterday when this room, which has been the seat of erstwhile Railway ministers Mamata, Lalu, Nitish Kumar and C K Jaffer Sharief, was alloted to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.

But later it was learnt that it has been re-alloted to Trivedi yesterday itself. However, when Trivedi arrived for the scheduled meeting with Prasad this afternoon, he saw his nameplate missing. So he sat on a bench in the corridor and held meetings with Prasad and Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Vinay Mittal.

However, Trivedi clarified that the meetings with Lalu and CRB chief in the corridor were not in protest. "If my name plate has been removed the how can I enter the room. So it was (sitting on the bench) not in protest.

"I am not fond of any particular room. It is not for the minister's comfort but to facilitate MPs meeting in the Parliament House. It is an insult to the Railway Ministry which has 14 lakh employees."


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 21:00

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