Trinamool Congress rules out threat to UPA

By: | Updated: 15 Mar 2012 12:59 AM

Trinamool Congress on Thursday ruled out any threat to the UPA
government but insisted that railway minister Dinesh Trivedi should go.

"We are supporting the government totally," Trinamool parliamentary party
leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay told reporters. He was asked whether the
government was stable or it faces any threat.

Asked whether Trivedi would remain as railway minister, he said, "Trivedi
is an individual. Trinamool Congress is of the opinion that he should not
remain as railway minister unless he withdraws the hike (passenger fares
in the Railway Budget). But this morning the situation has changed (an
apparent reference to party leader Mamata Banerjee's demand to replace
Trivedi with minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy," he said.

Bandyopadhyay asked, "Can there be a situation when Pranab Mukerjee would
not consult the prime minister or Sonia Gandhi."

Angered by Trivedi's proposal contained in the Railway Budget on
Wednesday, Banerjee had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last
night seeking his removal and replacement by Roy.

Bandyopadhyay said the party MPs would meet the prime minister on Thursday
and take up the party's objection to inclusion of NCTC issue in the
President's address.

To a question whether TMC would support amendment to the President's
address on the NCTC issue moved by BJP because its own amendment has been
rejected, he said, "We will cross the bridge when we come to it."

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First Published: 15 Mar 2012 12:59 AM
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