Trinamool, CPI-M clash in Rajya Sabha
Arch rivals Trinamool Congress and CPI-M Friday clashed in Rajya Sabha over bifurcation of Eastern Railway with both parties prodding each other to move a resolution for re-merger of separated Dhanbad and Mugalsarai divisions.
New Delhi: Arch rivals Trinamool Congress and
CPI-M Friday clashed in Rajya Sabha over bifurcation of Eastern
Railway with both parties prodding each other to move a
resolution for re-merger of separated Dhanbad and Mugalsarai
To a question by Moinul Hasan, Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee said decision to bifurcate Eastern Railway, taken by
the then NDA government in 2002-03, has seen the division lose
on operating parameters.
She said her party had then opposed the move and if the
same would have been done by the Left parties, the bifurcation
would not have taken place.
"I would be very happy (if Dhanbad and Mugalsarai are
re-merged with Eastern Railway," she said. "You (CPI-M) should
move a resolution, I will support it."
Sitaram Yechuri (CPI-M) then said his party had in 2002-03
opposed the bifurcation of Eastern Railway, a statement that
was strongly opposed by Banerjee. "No you did not," she said.
Yechuri asked the Railway Minister if she could give an
assurance to the House that there would be no further
bifurcation of railway divisions on state lines so that the
pan-India character of the nation`s largest employer is
The Railway Minister was, however, not forthcoming on the
issue and said "it is a politically motivated question. This
is a very touchy issue. I cannot play with fire," she said.
Yechuri insisted that his was not a political question and
wanted a categorical assurance for no further bifurcations. He
asked the Railway Minister to bring a resolution for merging
Dhanbad and Mugalsarai with Eastern Railway and said he party
will support such motion.
"Don`t ask me questions that are politically motivated,"
Banerjee said. "If you seriously want (Dhanbad and Mugalsarai
to be merged with Eastern Railway), please bring a motion, I
will support it," he said.
Replying to supplementaries, Banerjee said of the 16
railway zones, only half were generating good revenues.