Sudip consults Pranab on Trivedi issue
When the debate on motion of thanks on President Pratibha Patil`s Address was on, the TMC leader went to Mukherjee`s seat to discuss the issue. The Finance Minister apparently told him something and Bandopadhyay immediately grabbed a notepad to take down the points the Congress leader made.
Soon thereafter, Bandopadhyay went to his seat and after a brief confabulation with other TMC members – including Mukul Roy, whom party supremo Mamata Banerjee has reportedly named as the replacement for Trivedi as Railway Minister – the party members left the House.
Among those who left in a hurry were former TMC Chief Whip Kalyan Banerjee and Kakoli Dastidar. Mukherjee also left within a few seconds.
The Finance Minister had earlier in the day made a statement in the Lok Sabha that Trivedi has not resigned but a request has been received by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Banerjee for changing the Railway Minister and the matter is under "active consideration".