New Delhi, Mar 22: His proposal for hiking passenger fare led to his ouster as Railway Minister but TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi today said he would do it again if given an opportunity, soon after his successor announced a rollback.
“I will present the same budget which I presented in parliament on March 14, if I am asked to do it again,” Trivedi said when asked about the decision by Railway Minister Mukul Roy to roll back the fare hike.
However, he hastened to add, “It would not be appropriate to comment on other minister's budget.”
Roy today rolled back the fare hike in second class, sleeper class, AC chair car and AC 3 tier proposed by Trivedi in the budget.
Asked whether he was wrong in proposing the hike, he said, “Only time will prove who was right and who was wrong.”
Trivedi had earned the wrath of his Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for hiking fares in the budget.
He was removed from the ministry on Sunday at the behest of Mamata and Mukul was sworn in as new Railway Minister on Tuesday.