Looks like the UPA 2 continues to face death by a thousand cuts...with truant allies like the TMC and DMK.
Dinesh Trivedi paid for his adventurous decision to raise passenger fares in the railway budget 2012-13 -- a decision his populist predecessors Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad dared not to take for the past eight years. Known to be erudite and affable, Trivedi (61) has been with Banerjee since the inception of Trinamool Congress and was rewarded with a cabinet berth for his loyalty to her, but differences were said to have cropped up between them for quite some time. Things came to a head when he proposed a stiff across-the-board hike in passenger fares in the railway budget on Wednesday to net Rs 4,000 crore extra a year. He effected increase in suburban and non-suburban fares, ordinary second class mail and express fares, sleeper class, 1st class, all AC class travel and Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto and Janshatabdi trains