Continuing with her tirade against Dinesh Trivedi for increasing rail
fares without her knowledge, Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee has
reportedly written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking the Railway
Minister's removal. According to sources in the PMO, the West Bengal Chief
Minister has recommended the name of loyalist Mukul Roy for the post.
Her action is being viewed as her way of getting back at Prime Minister
Manomhan Singh who had rejected Roy's name for the post when the Trinamool
Chief had proposed it as her first choice.Back then it was Manmohan who
had suggested Trivedi's name. If Trivedi resigns this is the first time in
history that a railway minister will do so right after the rail budget.
Meanwhile the Congress has entrusted upon troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee,
the task of convincing Mamata to let Trivedi stay on till the session is
over after which Mukul Roy can take over.
Earlier in the evening, the Trinamool Congress put Trivedi on notice that
it may replace him if he does not not roll back the hike in passenger
fares proposed by him in the railway budget.
Leader of the 19-member Trinamool group in the Lok Sabha, told STAR News
that a delegation of party MPs would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
tomorrow to press for a roll back of the fares which was opposed by the
party supremo Mamata Banerjee.
The party would also move cut
motion against the fare hike, he said. "We may propose another name for
railway ministry," he said. However, Bandopadhyay hoped that Trivedi, who
belongs to his party, would abide by the party directive and roll back the
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