New Delhi, Sept 21: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is all set to become the next Railway Minister of India, say sources.
As current Railway Minister Mukul Roy of Trinamool Congress (TMC), along with his five party colleagues, is going to tender his resignation at the Centre, sources say that Congress is likely to keep Railway portfolio with itself. Ministry of Railways is considered to be one of most important portfolios as millions of Indians depend on trains to commute on a regular basis.
Thus, Indian Railways is going to have a new minister, the third in a year, after Dinesh Trivedi vacated his post for Mukul Roy in March.
A reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers appears high on the cards as TMC is all set to pull out of UPA on Friday, Sept 21.
Chief Minister of West Bengal and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that her party would pull out from the UPA government after the Congress-led alliance at the Centre raised prices of diesel, decided to cap the number of subsidised LPG cylinders and allow FDI in multi-brand retail and other sectors.
As Indian Railways is facing a difficult time, with no proper leader to bail it out from its current mess, Ramesh will have a tough job ahead.