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03-16-2012, 09:48 AM #1
Dinesh Trivedi resigns as railway minister, UPA likely to rollback fare hike soon: Sources
The Congress is reported to have given in to the demand of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to replace Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi with another Trinamool Congress leader and Union Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy.
Angry over the hike in passenger fares proposed by Trivedi in his maiden Railway Budget 2012-13 on Wednesday, Mamata had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove her party nominee from the post.
"Yes, I have written to the prime minister seeking his replacement with Mukul Roy, another union minister," Mamata had said.
The action of the West Bengal chief minister came late in the night after Trivedi's stout defence of his proposal for across-the-board increase in rail fares to net Rs 4,000 crore in the Budget.
Throughout the day, the 61-year-old railway minister had maintained that whatever he had done was in the interest of the Railways and the country and that he was not worried out the loss of his job.