Political parties have become a cult: Trivedi

Stating that the country could not be allowed to turn into a “banana republic”,former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi urged people to start a nationwide movement in support of the railway budget presented by him.

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: September 18, 2012 2:43 am

Stating that the country could not be allowed to turn into a “banana republic”,former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi urged people to start a nationwide movement in support of the railway budget presented by him.

“We cannot let this country turn into a banana republic. If we lose this opportunity,we will have to wait for another one for a long time. Political parties have become a cult and if you say anything against the cult leader you are butchered. Is this democracy?” said Trivedi.

Speaking at an interactive event here yesterday,Trivedi said people should write to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister in support of his budget. However,he added that they should not allow the personality to be bigger than the cause and that the thrust should be on the passage of the budget.

“I am surprised that it took the Supreme Court to sack A Raja for doing all the wrong things,but it took just five seconds to send me off for doing everything for the betterment of the country,” said Trivedi,who had to quit as railway minister after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee objected to his proposal to hike fares.

Trivedi said that after he resigned,many people,including Trinamool Congress MPs,had supported him. “My budget was not myopic. It was for the country.”

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