Dinesh Trivedi’s return has fuelled debates over his possible patch-up with the Chief Minister

They all lost ministerial berths in Delhi. Their party decided to call it quits from the Union Government as well as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Now the seven former Union Ministers of the All India Trinamool Congress will join the State Government as advisors to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

They were inducted into the newly formed Chief Minister’s Advisory Council on Economic and Social Development with dedicated responsibilities.

According to a circular issued by the State Chief Secretary Sanjoy Mitra, former Rail Minister Mukul Roy would be in-charge of the Transport Department. Sudip Bandopadhyay, former MoS (Health) would be looking after the urban development.

Sougata Roy (former MoS-Urban Development) would be in-charge of Industry and IT. Sultan Ahmed (former MoS-Tourism) would be in charge of minority affairs. CM Jatua (former MoS – I&B) will advise on Sunderban affairs. And Sisir Adhikary will be in charge of the rural development a portfolio he handled as MoS at the Centre.

The most interesting inclusion in this list is former rail minister Dinesh Trivedi, who apparently fell out with Mamata Banerjee earlier this year following his decision to escalate rail fares.

Though Trivedi’s decision as rail minister was appreciated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the anguished Trinamool party chief forced Trivedi to quit the Union Cabinet. He was immediately replaced by Mukul Roy who reversed Trivedi’s decisions.

Trivedi’s inclusion as an advisor to the Chief Minister, therefore, fuelled debates over a possible patch-up between the two in the changed circumstances.


(This article was published on October 5, 2012)
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