System should be above politics: Trivedi

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 19, 2012 Published on March 19, 2012

Dinesh Trivedi, who resigned as the Railway Minister after facing wrath of Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, today rued that there is too much of politics in the country and that the system should be above it.

“There is too much of politics in India and India cannot survive with too much of politics on a day-to-day basis. System should be above politics and it is applicable to every ministry,” Mr Trivedi, who put in his papers last night, told reporters.

He was asked whether the system should be above politics.

“If I as Defence Minister keep on changing generals every day then it is a body blow to the country… I think we are getting behind,” Mr Trivedi, who had come to the Rail Bhavan to thank all the staff and Board members for their cooperation, said.

Mr Trivedi, 61, has resigned yesterday ending his defiance and bringing to a close five—day drama after he incurred the wrath of Trinamool Congress for hiking passenger fares in the Railway Budget.

Lamenting the system, he said, “Even China is 50 years ahead of us. My benchmark was Japan because for 47 years there has been no death due to rail accident (in Japan).

“But in India, unfortunately, we do not value life. We take all these accidents lightly. How can you tolerate in Mumbai every day 10 people die (of rail accident). I think this is not fair to the people of this country,” he said.

“One single death is not acceptable. I have tried for that in the Railways,” MR Trivedi said.

Asked what wrong he did, he said, “It is up to the people to ask. I, as a disciplinary soldier, do not have to ask this question. The Railways is national property and as a discipline soldier I have to abide by discipline.”

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Published on March 19, 2012
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