Problem will be resolved: Pranab on Trivedi issue



Ghaziabad: Notwithstanding the pressure being built by Trinamool Congress on Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi issue, government on Saturday remained evasive on the question of removing him and appointing Mukul Roy in his place but expressed confidence that the "problem" will be resolved.

"I can't answer on the basis of contemplation. I can answer the question on the basis of fact. As and when it takes place, it will be in domain of public," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of a function here when asked whether the government was contemplating replacing Trivedi with Roy.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has been pressing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Trivedi after the Railway Budget presented by him on Wednesday proposed hike in passenger fares.

Asked how the government would tackle the problem that has come up with Banerjee demanding sacking of Trivedi, Mukherjee acknowledged that "problems" have be faced while managing a coalition government but expressed confidence that it would be resolved.

"(In) running coalition governments, sometimes we have to face these problem.... when coalition government is there, definitely there are divergent political views, divergent political approaches. We shall have to ensure these divergences converted into convergence. That is the basic phililosophy of coalition politics. We shall have to do that," he said.

"I am confident the problem which has come up will be resolved," the senior Congress leader said.

PTI