gfiles magazine

March 9, 2012

Mixed signals

roles & controls
Mixed signals
mamata still the engine driver
s Dinesh Trivedi the Railway Minister? Yes, of course, everybody will say that he is. But the answer is not as simple as it looks. Trivedi is an accomplished politician who has travelled a long way since the days of his association with Chimanbhai Patel, the former Chief Minister of Gujarat. And so he maintains a calm front and keeps up the pretence that he controls the Railway Ministry in front of the media or the political fraternity. But, the real story is something different. Insiders in the Trinamool Congress confirm that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is still the de facto boss of the Railway Ministry. Dinesh Trivedi is just a face. As reports emanating from Rail Bhavan suggest, Trivedi is not happy with the way the Ministry is being run.

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