Rail Budget 2013: Ministers derailed post-presentation
A quick look at the fortunes of the Railway Ministers for the past 25 years show that barring Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar, the political career of most of them has not been all that rosy after being in the driver's seat. The Rail Budget is due t o be presented by P K Bansal tomorrow.
Kalmadi, who was the last Congress Railway Minister some 16 years back, is facing the heat in the wake of alleged irregularities in the organisation of Commonwealth Games and had been in Tihar Jail for sometime.
Dinesh Trivedi's case was an episode which stunned one and all.
Trivedi, who presented the last Railway Budget, lost his job in a matter of days despite his exercise coming in for rave review in the Congress, leading the UPA coalition.
The fare hike effected by him earned the wrath of his party chief Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who soon airdashed to Delhi to ensure his immediate exit.
Mukul Roy, a trusted lieutenant of Banerjee, who was brought in place of Trivedi, could last just a few months as the TMC parted ways with the UPA and all its Ministers tendering their resignation.
Lalu Prasad, who was the Railway Minister in the UPA-I, saw