New Delhi: Three Railway Ministers in three months! Strange but True. The railway has been witnessing a continuous change of its boss.  Earlier TMC’s Mukul Roy was railway minister till September 21, 2012. Thereafter Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi took over the additional charge of Railways on September 22. And now on October 28 Pawan Bansal has been appointed the new Minister of Railways. The surprising fact is that Congress has got the ministry of railways after 16 years despite being in power for two consecutive terms.

For past one and a half years, the Railway Ministry is witnessing continuous change in its boss. Earlier TMC chief Mamata Banerjee was Railway Minister till 19 May, 2011 but she resigned soon after winning West Bengal assembly polls when she became the Chief Minister of the state. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took over the charge of railways for few months.

Later, Mamata Banerjee nominated her close lieutenant Dinesh Trivedi as the railway minister on July 12, 2011 but he too did not last long and was forced to resign on March 14, 2012 after Mamata Banerjee expressed displeasure over the hike in railway fares proposed by Trivedi.   

Mamata Banerjee further proposed the name of Mukul Roy as the Railway Minister who continued to hold the charges of the ministry till mid last month when TMC decided to withdraw its support from UPA government. After TMC’s exit from UPA, CP Joshi was appointed as the new Railway Minister who continued to function in this capacity till yesterday’s cabinet rejig when the ministry’s charge was handed over to Pawan Kumar Bansal who was working as Minister for Parliamentry Affairs till yesterday.
Though a lot is being expected from the new Railway Minister Pawan Bansal, he too does not seem to have much time as tenure of UPA II is slated to end in early 2014. Bansal will be tabling at least one Rail Budget in the Lok Sabha which may have scopes for several announcements but to implement them would be very difficult as general elections are due after just one and a half year from now.


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