Resignation letters in hand, Team Trinamool leaves for Delhi
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With no communication from the Congress high command till late on Thursday night, the six Trinamool Congress ministers left for Delhi to submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow afternoon. One Trinamool minister said: "The letters are one-liners saying 'I hereby tender my resignation'."
Initially, the TMC party had thought the resignation letter for all six ministers – one cabinet and five ministers of state – would be handed over to the PM by party general secretary Mukul Roy, but later it was decided that each will carry his letter and submit it to the PM individually.
The TMC ministers have also sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukhejee and will officially inform him of the decision the party has taken to pull out of the UPA II government.
Here are brief profiles of what the six ministers have been doing and what their exit may mean:
Mukul Roy, Union Minister for Railways (cabinet minister)
Who he is: Roy will be leading the team of six ministers to the Prime Minister at 2 pm on Friday. Considered Number 2 in the TMC after Mamata Banerjee, he was inducted as Railway Minister after Dinesh Trivedi was fired. While Trivedi had independent plans for the railways, Roy echoed the voice of the party chief and scuttled plans for railways fare revision.
What exit means:As railway minister, he was instrumental in ensuring smooth flow of funds for 16 big railway projects, 44 new suburban services to be introduced in Kolkata area, and 50 new services in Metro Rail in Bengal. His exit puts a question mark on Joka-BBD Bag and Dum Dum-Barasat, East-West Metro projects, the rail coach factory in Singur and the industrial park in Jellingham in Nandigram.
Plans ahead: To concentrate more on party organizational work. He looked crest fallen after Didi announced the decision of pulling out from UPA II on Wednesday.