Attempts to break Trivedi from TMC foiled: Mamata
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Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012, 21:32
New Delhi: 'All is well that ends well' seemed to be the message of Mamata Banerjee's visit to Parliament House on Monday.

On a day when the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi as Railway Minister was announced, she was seen having coffee and toast with Trivedi and other party MPs.

The unmistakable signal was that 'all is well' in the Trinamool Congress, the second largest constituent of the Congress-led UPA having 19 members in the Lok Sabha.

"We are disciplined and we are transparent", she said alleging that there were attempts to "break" Trivedi from the Trinamool Congress, which have not succeeded. She did not say who had made the attempt.

When told that Kabir Suman has turned out to be a rebel MP, Banerjee shot back, "He is not politically minded. That is the problem with him".

Banerjee, who was an MP and Union Minister till becoming the West Bengal Chief Minister last year, said her visit was like 'going down the memory lane'.

Several MPs and Ministers belonging to various parties enquired about her well being. They included Jairam Ramesh, M M Pallam Raju, Abhishek Singhvi, Supriya Sule and Vijay Bahadur Singh.

She said she had no plans to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi as she is "not well". Banerjee was not happy with the Congress putting up a candidate for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from West Bengal.

Banerjee said she had a "cordial" meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Striking a lighter note, she said that neither of us had tea as "both of us are on diet".


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 21:32

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