New Delhi: Miffed over the hike in passenger fares in the Railway Budget, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Dinesh Trivedi from the post of Railway Minister.

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According to the sources, Mamata in a fax to the PM has sought to remove Dinesh Trivedi and give the responsibility of the Railway Ministry to another Trinamul leader Mukul Roy, the current Minister of State for Shipping who had earlier served in the Railway Ministry.

When contacted, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, "Yes, I have written to the Prime Minister seeking his replacement with Mukul Roy, another Union Minister."

However, no confirmation has yet come from the PMO office.

The action of the West Bengal Chief Minister came late in the night after Trivedi's stout defence of his proposal for across-the-board increase in rail fares which is aimed at collecting Rs 4,000 crore in the coming financial year.

Mamata had called a high-level meeting of the party leaders in Kolkata for which both the Trinamool Ministers- Mukul Roy and Dinesh Trivedi- were summoned. However, Roy reached Kolkata late in the evening, Trivedi decided to stay back in national capital.

(JPN/ Bureau)