Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi's maiden Railway Budget presented in the Parliament on Wednesday has come under fire from his own party members, who alleged that they were not consulted by the Railway Minister.
Expressing their disappointment on Trivedi's Railway Budget that hiked passengers' fare for the first time in 10 years, his colleagues from Trinamool Congress have come down heavily on him.
Sudip Bandopadhyay said that they were not consulted by the Railway Minister and demanded a rollback in the fare hike.
"Railway Budget...what was all that about increasing fares across the board? Upper class...maybe ok...but all? Sorry, cannot agree," tweeted Derek O'Brien.
Sources from TMC said that the Railway Minister will be asked to rollback the hike. The party didn't rule out the possibility of stripping him of the ministry.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Trivedi has taken full responsibility for the hike decision. He said that he did what is best for the railways.
The Railway Minister has received lots of flak for hiking passenger fare ranging from two paise to 30 paise per km. It is the first hike in train fare in 10 years.