NEW DELHI: Had Dinesh Trivedi not shot off the late night resignation on e-mail, he may have survived as Union Railway Minister. At least, that’s what Trivedi would have us believe. That Prime Minister was ready to take on ally Trinamool Congress to retain Trivedi as his rail minister.
Ever since the Railway portfolio was snatched from Trivedi by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee under humiliating circumstances, Trivedi has been coming out with daily revelations on what transpired behind the scenes.
Speaking in a TV interview, Trivedi claimed that the PM would have never asked him to resign had he not intended to do so. “Yes,” he said, when asked if the Prime Minister would have preferred to retain him at the cost of losing Trinamool’s support and the government possibly collapsing. “It’s a fact,” he said when asked if people will not get “flabbergasted” by his comments.