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On sidetracks, Trivedi gets Omar’s pat, sympathy

india Updated: Mar 15, 2012 18:38 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Beleaguered union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, who is facing criticism from several chief ministers across the country including his party head Mamata Banerjee, has Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah praising him with a deep sense of sympathy.

“If I had to be sacked, I'd rather be sacked for doing the right thing," Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, evoking a barrage of response for followers.

Trivedi, who is facing ire of parent organization Trinamool Congress chief Banerjee, raised fare in his budget on Wednesday after nine years, apparently to bring the Indian railways on track. At least, Abdullah feels so.

“We take populism to ridiculous levels. I genuinely believe people would happily accept the modest hike if safety and quality of service are better…Populism will destroy the Indian railways. Then where will the 'aam aadmi' go?" wrote Abdullah.

Throwing his weight behind Trivedi, Abdullah said, “Long after other railway ministers are forgotten Dinesh Trivedi will still be an answer to a general knowledge or entrance test question.”

Describing the Union railway minister a good and decent person, Omar said he shared some laughs with him at the Kolkata book fair recently. Whatever Dinesh bhai does, I wish him well,” wrote Abdullah.

Drawing parallel between state opposition party Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti and Mamata, Omar wrote with a dash of sarcasm: “The PM has his "M" and I have mine. The only difference is that I know what to expect from my "M".”