New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi resigned on Sunday evening after speaking to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Trivedi said at a press briefing, "I spoke to Mamata Banerjee a little while back just to get her confirmation. She did tell that it was the party's decision that I must step down."
"Since the Trinamool Congress was instrumental in making me the Railway Minister... like a soldier, I must obey the party's decision," he added.
Trivedi had called up Mamata and expressed his willingness to abide by the party's wishes and resign.
Mamata Banerjee told reporters that the ex-Railway Minister had called her agreeing to quit. "Dinesh Trivedi called in. He will resign tonight," she said.
Mamata Banerjee is set to arrive in Delhi on Sunday night. Sources said that she has also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press for Trivedi's removal.
"I am going to Delhi... nothing else. Sometimes we meet in Delhi. This time Parliament is in session, so I am happy because I haven't been to Parliament for one year," said Mamata.
Mamata is also expected to meet Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The West Bengal Chief Minister had reportedly asked all Trinamool Congress MPs to be available in Delhi for the meeting.
Trivedi had been insistent till now that he would not quit his post unless he got a written order from Mamata. He said on Sunday that the Railway Ministry could not be treated as somebody's property, although, he added that he had full regards for Mamata.
Mamata was reportedly upset with the ex-Railway Minister over the train fare hikes announced in the Rail Budget. Trivedi had reportedly not consulted the Trinamool Congress over the budget, either.
Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, a close aide of Mamata, will most likely be the new Railway Minister.