TMC supremo, Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to pull her own minister,Dinesh Trivedi, down from the post of Railway Minister has failed, so far as the PM clarified , he would want Trivedi to continue till the Budget Session. Now even the pressure from within the party seemed to be failing. Trivedi wants TMC supremo to give in writing that she wants him to quit! Some voices inside the TMC are also rising against the supremo’s stubborn behaviour towards Trivedi.
Mamata Banerjee’s demand to immediatly sack her own party member, Dinesh Trivedi , from the post of Railway Minister because he presented a Rail Budget which hiked ticket fares, has been declined by the Prime Minister , Manmohan Singh. Congress told Bengal Chief Minister that Trivedi should not be sacked at least till the end of Budget Session !
Well, even after being the Congress ally,TMC has difference of opinion with the UPA government on a number of issues and somehow Congress never seem to have dared against didi(Mamata Banerjee) for the fear of Government collapsing,before schedule (2014), in case , TMC withdraws support in agitation. However, this time the demands of Mamata Banerjee to sack Trivedi was declined on the face. What gave Congress the confidence to dare the TMC, all of a sudden ? Well, this is politics and hence there are no permanent friends and enemies, here.Quite possible, if SP(22 seats) or BSP(21 seats) supports UPA in case TMC(19 seats) withdraws the same , the Government would still continue and Mulayam Singh Yadav or Kumari Mayawati can easily bargain his/her support for bigger favours !
Railway Budget that derailed Railway Minister’s Chair !
Dinesh Trivedi, the Railway Minister remained in the news since the morning as the nation was awaiting the Railway Budget and when it was announced his own party became his biggest critic because the budget favoured increasing ticket fares. TMC which has never favoured hike in price from fuel to fare stood by its principles and the Supremo of TMC, Mamata Banerjee ultimately has asked the Prime Minister to sack her own party member, Dinesh Trivedi from the post of Railway Minister and replace him with Mukul Roy of the party. TMC demanded a rollback however, Trivedi stood by his budget even after knowing it could cost his chair as he reasoned the fare hike mandatory for the smooth running of the railways and also to increase the safety of the passengers! TMC has never lost any opportunity to capitalize on situations where there is any kind of price hike, be it reasonable or not and this time they have ended up sacrificing one of their prominent members in the Centre.Price hike will never be prefered by anyone be it rich or poor or the middle-class but it does not raise eyebrows provided it makes sense and price hike in railway fare for the reasons of paying back previous loans,to avail smooth running of the railways and to increase safety of passengers, hopefully makes sense to most , if not all.