Trivedi episode internal affair of govt: Cong

Congress today sought to downplay the Dinesh Trivedi episode, saying it is an internal affair of the government and it could not be discussed outside.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi while interacting with reporters outside Parliament sought to reaffirm that Trivedi is still the Railway Minister and Parliament will take a decision on the Rail Budget which was presented by him yesterday.

"Trivedi is the Railway Minister at the moment. It is a hypothetical question", he said when asked who could be Trivedi replacement. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has opposed the Rail Budget immediately after it was presented yesterday on the grounds of increase in passenger fares.

Responding a query on who will be the next Railway Minister as Banerjee has asked the Prime Minister to remove Trivedi, he said, "It is an internal affair (of the government) and it cannot be discussed outside."

On the fate of the Rail Budget, he said that it has already been presented in Parliament which will take a decision on it. "Budget has been presented in Parliament. Now Parliament has to decided whether to pass it or not," Alvi said, adding, "It is a coalition government and Trinamool is part of that coalition".

"The Constitutional position is that the Railway Budget is owned by the government. It is approved by the Finance Minister. Cabinet approval is not required. I own the responsibility and now it is the property of the House," Mukherjee said.

"This House has the inherent right to approve every proposal, make changes and decide the fate of the fiscal proposals," he said. At the same time, Mukherjee reminded the Opposition that they too had run a coalition government for six years.

"It is not unusual. Those who have run the coalition for six years ... they know it much better," he said referring to the pulls and pressures of running a coalition government.
"They (NDA) were running their coalition government in the same way, perhaps in a worse way than we are running," he said amid thumping of desks by members of Treasury benches.
As the Opposition created uproar over Mukherjee's remarks, he told them that they were behaving like "petulant children".

"You are behaving like petulant children. Behave like leaders not like petulant children," he said.

As the Speaker took up the Question Hour, BJP members trooped in the Well demanding a statement from the Prime Minister. Amid din, she adjourned the House till noon.
Earlier, Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay told the House that the party members had not asked Trivedi to tender his resignation.

"The Trinamool Congress has not even asked Dinesh Trivedi to tender his resignation. The matter has to be settled between my leader and the Prime Minister," he said.
"The government is totally settled and would complete its term," Bandopadhyay said.

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