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March 15th, 2012
Trivedi says he has not resigned yet

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, whose removal has been demanded by his party leader and TMC boss Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday said he has not resigned as yet.

However, he made it clear that he would resign the moment the Prime Minister or Mamata Banerjee ask him to do. Trivedi said he has to answer questions in Parliament on Thursday and he would be doing that.

“I will not leave my duty,” he told Bengali news channel Star Ananda when asked about media reports that he has already resigned.

Trivedi said either the Prime Minister or his party leader Mamata Banerjee has to tell him to resign. “It will not take him a minute to go,” he said.

He again justified his budget yesterday in which he had proposed a hike in passenger fare which earned him the wrath of his party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee.

He said what he had done was in the interest of the railways and the country. He said as a disciplined soldier of the party, “I will abide by whatever the leader says and the discipline of the party.”