New Delhi: Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, whose removal has been demanded by his party leader and TMC boss Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, said he has not resigned as yet.

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However, he made it clear that he would resign the moment the Prime Minister or Mamata Banerjee ask him to do.

Trivedi said he has to answer questions in Parliament on Thursday and he would be doing that.

"I will not leave my duty," he told when asked about media reports that he has already resigned.

Trivedi said either the Prime Minister or his party leader Mamata Banerjee has to tell him to resign. "It will not take him a minute to go," he said.

He again justified his budget on Wednesday in which he had proposed a hike in passenger fare which earned him the wrath of his party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

He said as a disciplined soldier of the party "I will abide by whatever the leader says and the discipline of the party".

The Minister is being briefed by senior railway officials about the railway question answers due in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Angered by Trivedi's proposal contained in the Railway Budget on Wednesday, Banerjee had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night seeking his removal and replacement by Mukul Roy, current Minister of State for Shipping who had earlier served in the Railway Ministry.

"Yes, I have written to the Prime Minister seeking his replacement with Mukul Roy, another union minister," Banerjee had said.

Banerjee also spoke to the Congress leadership in Delhi to press for removal of Trivedi and is said to have been assured that it will be done.

She is said to have been assured that Trivedi will be replaced by Roy after the presentation of the General Budget by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday.

In fact, Mukul Roy would be replying to the Railway Budgetary Demands for Grants before this month-end, highly placed TMC sources had said.

Government to consider replacing Trivedi if such a situation develops: PM

A day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee demanded sacking of the Railway Minister, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government will "consider" replacing Dinesh Trivedi if such a situation develops.

"Well, if anything like this develops, we will consider it," Singh told reporters in the Parliament House.

He was asked when he will consider replacing Trivedi following demands by Banerjee who is unhappy at her party's minister proposing hike in passenger fares in the Railway Budget.