Asked to quit, Trivedi wants 'order' in writing from Mamata
- Spot-fixing: Chandila was in touch with four sets of bookies, says Delhi Police
- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives, to hold talks with PM on boundary, water issues
- IPL 2013: Delhi Daredevils crash to defeat, finish last
- Jaganmohan's wife attacks CBI, accuses it of working at Congress behest
- Blast accused death: UP govt seeks CBI probe, FIR against 42 persons
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who is in the line of fire of Trinamool Congress, today turned down his party's directive to quit the post insisting that he wants it in writing from party chief Mamata Banerjee.
Kalyan Banerjee, chief whip of Trinamool Congress in Lok Sabha, called Trivedi over telephone today and told him that the party does not want him to remain as minister. He should make a gracious exit and not wait to be sacked, he was told. Trivedi said "Kalyan Banerjee told me that Mamata Banerjee wants me to resign. I told him I have respect for Mamata Banerjee and party".
On the floor of the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay (Leader of the parliamentary party) said Trinamool Congress has not asked for my resignation. I do not know which is correct. So, it is better to avoid the confusion. It is best that she should write me a letter asking me to resign and I will definitely abide by her decision," he said.
Kalyan Banerjee said Trivedi told him that he wanted the party's decision to be conveyed in writing by Mamata, who is also the West Bengal Chief Minister.
The Lok Sabha Trinamool chief whip told him that it was not fair on his part to insist on the party directive in writing, pointing out that when he became a minister he had not insisted in writing about it from the party leader Mamata. Banerjee said he told Trivedi that as a party man he should understand the situation and make the exit graciously when the party does not want him to remain as a minister.
"You took oath as minister because the party wanted you to do so. The party today does not want you to take oath so you should resign," he said.
Hours after Trivedi presented his budget containing fare hike, the party was up in arms and demanded a rollback. Mamata wrote to the Prime Minister the same night seeking replacement of Trivedi with another party nominee Mukul Roy, Minister of State for Shipping.
- Quake-hit and shaken, Bhaderwah spends nights in the open
- UP blast accused dies on way to jail, govt wanted to drop case against him
- Former civil aviation secy changes mind, seeks airport security exemption as EC
- BCCI suspects Gujarat players in other teams were also approached
- Police on money trail, Sreesanth in fresh trouble
- Chhattisgarh 'encounter' leaves 8 villagers dead, no Maoist link yet