New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister C.P. Joshi will hold additional charge of the key railways ministry after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignation of Trinamool Congress’ Mukul Roy, official sources said Saturday.
Though this is only an additional charge for Joshi and could be changed during a cabinet reshuffle in the offing, government sources said the key inftrastructure ministry has come back to the Congress after a gap of 17 years. The last Congressman to be railway minister was C.K. Jaffer Sharief from 1991-1995.
Roy had submitted his resignation to the prime minister Friday obeying the directive of party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who decided to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the government’s economic reforms.
In UPA-I (2004-09), the ministry was headed by Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, and the Trinamool held the portfolio since the UPA-II came to power in 2009. Banerjee was minister until she left to head over the West Bengal government after her party won the 2011 state assembly polls and was succeeded by Dinesh Trivedi, and then Mukul Roy.