Internal pressure is mounting on Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to resign
from his party Trinamool Congress. Sources say TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee
has spoken to Trivedi and asked him to put in his papers.
But the Railway Minister has dug in his heels and told Kalyan Banerjee
that he will resign only after a written order from party chief Mamata
Banerjee. According to sources, the Congress is working out a compromise
formula with the TMC and may agree for Trivedi’s removal if the party
does not press for amendments in the President’s speech. It has asked
the TMC to wait till next week after the Prime Minister's reply to the
Presidential address and Rail Budget in Parliament on Monday.
The Congress had asked Mamata to wait till March 30 for Trivedi's removal
– however she refused that suggestion. On Friday night it appeared that
the Trinamool supremo had lifted that deadline, indicating that the two
political partners were working on rescuing their relationship. A meeting
of the Congress Core Group on Friday evening ended with a decision on
Trivedi being put off till Monday.
Dinesh Trivedi faced scathing criticism from his party colleagues and
Mamata Banerjee for hiking fares in the Rail Budget 2012.
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