TMC leader praises Modi, wants to change 'face' of politics

TMC leader praises Modi, wants to change 'face' of politics
Speaking in favour of the BJP once again, senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi has said he will do “whatever it takes” to “change the face” of politics.

Trivedi has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies, giving rise to speculation that he is open to shifting loyalties to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I won't predict anything, but I want to change the DNA of Indian politics and for that, I will do whatever it takes,” Trivedi told a television channel in Kolkata.
Last week, the former railway minister had showered praises on Modi at Mandvi in the Kutch region of Gujarat while sharing the stage with the prime minister’s elder brother, Somabhai. 

Trivedi said Modi had changed India’s image to the outside world and it would be wise to offer support. A TMC parliamentarian from Barrackpore near Kolkata, Trivedi was railway minister three years ago, but had to quit the coveted post after announcing a hike in passenger fare during the budget without the approval of Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee.

Though he was silent on Banerjee’s decision in public fora, Trivedi expressed his displeasure in private circles. Going against the TMC line, he also talked in favour of supporting Pranab Mukherjee for the presidential election much before Banerjee came on board.

When asked to compare Banerjee with Modi, Trivedi, one of the founding members of the TMC, said: “It is not fair to compare (them). Mamata, individually, is a very nice person. But we have to shed egos in politics. In politics, we should have dignity and self-respect but not arrogance or ego.”
 
The former railway minister said he has been friends with Modi since 1990. “Democracy is not being subservient. I can always tell Modi if he goes wrong. With Mamata, it is difficult,” he said.

In an interview to a Gujarati newspaper, Trivedi said Modi lifted India’s prestige and image when he met leaders from the US, Japan, Israel and the European Union.

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