Delhi: West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee arrived in Delhi on Sunday night after ensuring that railway
minister Dinesh Trivedi resigned.
Dinesh Trivedi resigned on Sunday as railway minister bringing an end to a
five-day drama after he incurred the wrath of Trinamool Congress for
hiking passenger fares in the Railway Budget.
Trivedi, who on Saturday insisted that he would not resign unless his
party boss Mamata Banerjee directed him to do so in writing, told
reporters in Delhi that he called her up to confirm the real position.
"She did tell me that it was the party's decision that I must step down
and since the party, Trinamool Congress, was instrumental in making me the
railway minister and Mamata Banerjee's instructions were very clear that
it is the party which has decided and like a soldier I must obey the
party's discipline. That is the way I have been trained," he said.
This will be the first case of a minister being forced to resign just
after the presentation of the budget that too by his own party upset over
Trivedi's decision is understood to have come after a word from the PMO to
him to quit. The Congress leadership and the prime minister had assured
Mamata that her demand for replacing Trivedi will be acceded after the
presentation of the Union Budget on Friday last.
In Kolkata, Mamata, the West Bengal chief minister, confirmed the
development saying Trivedi called her to tell her that he was resigning.
"He(Trivedi) called me and he told me that he will abide by the party
decision and send his resignation," Mamata said before heading for Delhi.
She also said that Trivedi told him that he will remain with the party.
In his virtual farewell comments, Trivedi said, "I must thank the party
leader Mamata Banerjee and the entire cabinet and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singhji for giving me this opportunity. I tried my level best to do
whatever little I could do and in the interest of the Railways and in the
interest of the country. I am very very happy. I must take this
opportunity to thank the Railway Board and my 14 lakh employees of the
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