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Dinesh Trivedi

Dinesh Trivedi


Former Minister of Railways, Dinesh Trivedi, was a master in switching gears in his career before he embarked on a political journey. Here too he played hop, skip and jump with his allegiance to political parties, pledging his loyalty to Congress in the '80s, Janata Dal in the '90s and then finally hanging his political hat in Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress party in the late '90s. Prior to threading the political fields, He graduated with an MBA in 1974, he worked in Chicago for two years for the Detex Company, before returning to India, where he worked for a logistics provider Lee and Muirhead. In 1984, he quit his job to start his own air freight company based in Kolkata. He also started a consumer protection center. His most notable feat is his contribution in making the Vohra report on the criminalization of politics in India, which paved a way to the Right To Information Act (RTI) movement. He was appointed as the Minister of Railways in 2011. However, his tenure was a brief one as he was forced to resign after he incurred the wrath of party leader Mamata by proposing a railway fare hike in over a decade without her consent. A vehement critic of the Modi Government, he's been known to quip witty jibes at the party, often doling out disparaging statements like Since achhe din are nowhere in sight, please give us back our bure din, which might be perceived as poor taste but it is nonetheless clever/witty.

Personal Life

Full Name Dinesh Trivedi
Date of Birth 04 Jun 1950 (Age 69)
Place of Birth New Delhi
Party name All India Trinamool Congress
Education Post Graduate
Profession Political and Social Worker
Father's Name Late Shri Hiralal Trivedi
Mother's Name Late Shirmati Urmilaben Trivedi
Spouse's Name Dr. (Mrs) Minal Trivedi
No of Sons 1


Permanent address 13/3 PRAMATHESH BARUA SARANI KOLKATA 700019
Present address 4, Lodhi Estate New Delhi-110 003
Contact number 9868181919
Email dintriv@gmail.com

Interesting Facts

During his stay in the US, he trained to be a pilot as he held aspirations to someday join the indian air force.

He became the Railway Minister after Mamata Banerjee, the former minister of railways was declared the chief minister of Bengal.

Political Timeline

  • 2017
    Member, Standing Committee on Finance
  • 2014
    Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (2nd term) from Barrackpore constituency by again defeating CPM's bid to the seat. This time around he beat CPM's Subhashini Ali by a margin of 2,06,773 votes.
  • 2012
    Resigned as the Minister of Railways
  • 2011
    Elected the Minister of Railways.
  • 2009
    Elected to 15th Lok Sabha from Barrackpore constituency in west Bengal with an AITC ticket by defeating CPM's Tarit Baran Topda
  • 2002
    Re-elected to Rajya Sabha ( 2nd term)
  • 1990
    Elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. In 1996 he contested the Lok Sabha elections with an INC ticket from Gujarat. However he lost the bid by a huge margin.

Early Life

  • 1984
    He quit the job at Lee and Muirhead to start his own air freight company based in Kolkata.
  • 1974
    He worked in Chicago for two years for the Detex Company following which he came back to India and worked for a logistics provider Lee and Muirhead.
Net Worth3.79 CRORE
Liabilities1.57 CRORE

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.


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