New Delhi: The Congress core group met at
the Prime Minister`s residence here late Wednesday night and weighed
options to deal with the demand made by Trinamool Congress
chief Mamata Banerjee to sack Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.
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 here that this would be done
after presentation of the general budget on Friday, party
If Banerjee insists on immediate removal of Trivedi,
another meeting of the core group is likely, they added.
The view in Congress is that since the Railway portfolio
is with Trinamool Congress, it the prerogative of that party
to choose its representative for it.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Mukherjee, Home
Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and
Gandhi`s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel.
Banerjee shot off a letter to the Prime Minister seeking
dismissal of Trivedi and replacing him by her trusted aide
Mukul Roy as Railway Minister.