Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi remained adamant on holding on to his post today and told a Trinamool Congress legislator that he would put in his papers only after he received a written order from Mamata Banerjee.
Trivedi, who has been under pressure to resign since he delivered his maiden railway budget raising passenger fares, reportedly spoke with TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee today who reportedly asked him to resign.
However, Trivedi maintained he would resign only after a written order from Kolkata Chief Minister Banerjee, CNN-IBN reported.
The Congress party has reportedly been in talks with the TMC to let Trivedi continue as Railway Minister until the Prime Minister replies to the Presidential address and rail budget in Parliament on Monday. Congres leaders also advised TMC leaders to wait until the end of the Budget session, the report stated.
However, a Zee news report said that the Railway Minister may find himself out of his post by Monday
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had told the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the Prime Minister had received a communication from Banerjee but said it was under consideration. The TMC chief has asked for the removal of Trivedi for raising railway passenger fares.
Trivedi meanwhile has maintained that his decision on raising passenger fares was in the interest of the railways and he had full faith in the Prime Minister.
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First Published On : Mar 17, 2012 11:45 IST