India’s politics force Railways Minister to resign

In the wake of a political crisis and argument over fare increases in India, the Minister of Railways has taken the nobel step in resigning from his position. Although the citizens of India are not happy with the increase in railway fares – the first of such in ten years – the Twitter support of Mr. Trivedi has shown a fair consensus: they are not happy over his resignation.

Here’s an excerpt from the report in the China Daily:

India’s Railway Minster Dinesh Trivedi has succumbed to pressure for his party chief West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee and agreed to resign.

He spoke on Sunday to Mamata Banerjee, a few hours before an annoyed Banerjee boarded a flight to New Delhi to speak to the prime minister over the issue.

Mamata Banerjee announced in Kolkata that Trivedi has told her he will quit, ending days of stalemate over the issue.

Confirming the news, a source close to the railway minister said that he may forward his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “soon”.

Trivedi Sunday called up Banerjee and conveyed his decision when Banerjee was about to board a flight to Delhi amid speculation that the Trinamool could pull out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition if the prime minister did not sack the railway minister.

“Yes he (Trivedi) has called me up. He told me that he will abide by the party decision and will send his resignation. He also told me that he will stay with the party,” Banerjee told media persons before boarding her flight to the national capital.

Banerjee’s announcement has seemingly pulled the curtain down on the five-day deadlock after Trivedi fell out with the Trinamool leadership for hiking passenger fares in his railway budget Wednesday without the party’s purported approval.

Sadly, India’s politics are beginning to sound a lot like America’s politics.

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