New Delhi, Jan 20: Is Dinesh Trivedi the next man from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) set to join the BJP? According to sources, the former railway minister is unhappy with his party's functioning and is thinking of joining the saffron party in the near future.
Trivedi praised PM Modi
Trivedi, the MP from Barrackpore constituency of Bengal, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in Kutch district of Gujarat last week, saying the latter did a remarkable job in changing the country's image and it is wise now to back him.
The TMC MP also criticised the functioning of his own party and said the ruling party of Bengal should cooperate with the Centre to help improve the state's economy and not give priority to ego problems. He also said the TMC must get rid of the clash of personalities within the party which has ruined the state's opportunity for development and also make the education sector free from political influence.
Trivedi was sidelined by his own party for trying to raise railway fare
According to a Times of India report, Trivedi neither confirmed nor denied his keeping touch with the BJP leaders. He said he knows Modi since 1990 and respects the latter's capabilities, vision and sense of patriotism. In 2012, Trivedi drew flak of his own party after raising railway fares as its minister and even lost the post.
He had expressed his discontent over the matter and also disregarded his party supremo Mamata Banerjee's will to not back Pranab Mukherjee as the president that year. But the man, who hails from Kutch, did not take any extreme step for the time was not yet ripe.
Trivedi, who has lost clout in Trinamool, has been keeping in touch with BJP
Informed sources think that Trivedi's move is not just a warning to his party and could be a real worry for it. The man has lost much of his ground in the TMC and is maintaining a close relation with the BJP for a long time. He has even contributed to set up roads in Kutch and one will not be surprised if he contest polls from Kutch on BJP's ticket to emerge as an influential leader there.