Delhi: The railway minister, Dinesh Trivedi, whose removal has been
demanded by his party leader and Trinamool Congress boss, Mamata Banerjee,
on Thursday said that he has not resigned as yet.
However, he made it clear that he would resign the moment the prime
minister or Mamata Banerjee ask him to do.
Trivedi said that he has to answer questions in Parliament on Thursday and
he would be doing that.
"I will not leave my duty," he told news channel STAR Ananda when
asked about media reports that he has already resigned.
"I don't have any fascination for the chair," the Trinamool Congress
leader, who attended Parliament on Thursday, said.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee clarified in the Lok Sabha that the
prime minister had not received any resignation letter from Trivedi,
contrary to reports.
Trivedi left on Thursday morning for the parliament, adding that he would
try to pass the budget.
"Till I am here as the railway minister, I will attend the question hour.
I will also try to pass the Railway Budget," Trivedi said.
Trivedi, who on Wednesday presented the first rail budget in 10 years to
hike passenger fares, was summoned by Banerjee on Wednesday after he made
defiant statements disregarding the party's diktat that he roll-back the
rail tariff hike.
- with IANS inputs
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