Mar 15, 2012, 12.32 PM IST
The confusion over the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi as the Railway Minister continues with Trinamool Congress parliamentary party chief in the Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, saying that the party never asked him to step down.
"Trinamool Congress has never asked the minister to resign. The UPA will complete its tenure. There is no threat to the government. The issue will be settled between the government and the Trinamool Congress," said Bandyopadhyay.
While Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sack Trivedi for announcing an across-the-board increase in passenger fares in the Railway Budget, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha that no resignation letter has been received by the Prime Minister's Office.
"As for the resignation of Railways Minister, the Prime MInister has not received any resignation letter from the minister. The Railway Minister has not resigned. We have received a communication from the leader of the Trinamool Congress. It's not unusual that we receive communication from alliance partners. The Prime Minister has received a communication from the Trinamool Congress Chairperson and it is under active consideration of the Prime Minister. When a decision is taken, the House will be communicated," said Mukherjee.
The Finance Minister also assured the Lok Sabha that the Railway Budget 2012-13 presented by Trivedi on Wednesday has not been junked.
"The Railway Budget is definitely owned by the government and approved by the Finance Ministry. Railway Budget is the property of the House. All members have the right to decide and what would be the shape of the Railway Budget. Don't behave like petulant children, behave like political leaders," he told the Opposition members who claimed that the government had lost the authority to govern.
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