Trinamool Congress on Saturday dismissed Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi
contention that he has to reply in Parliament since he presented the
railway budget with the party pointing out that Mamata Banerjee quitting
the same ministry in 2001 following the Tehelka expose.
a precedent. Mamata had resigned as railway minister of the NDA government
after the budget presentation in 2001. The reply for the discussion was
made by her successor Nitish Kumar. Mamata Banerjee knows the system,"
Congress parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhay
said. He pointed out that the Trinamool Congress chief has already spoken
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking replacement of Trivedi by union
minister Mukul Roy.
"The Prime Minister has agreed to in
principle to effect the replacement at an appropriate moment. He is
supposed to implement it," Bandyopadhay said. He said in a coalition
government the partner decided who would be its minister. "In a coalition
government, a party decides who would be its minister. The question of an
individual does not arise."