Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Omar backs 'poor chap' Dinesh Trivedi

Jammu, March 14 (IANS) Stating that people will happily accept modest hikes in rail fares, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said empathised with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi who was put on notice by his party Trinamool Congress for raising passenger fares.

"All said and done, I'd hate to be in Dinesh Trivedi's shoes today. Today was supposed to be the highlight of his political career. Poor chap," Abdullah said on microblogging site Twitter.

The chief minister added: "We take populism to ridiculous levels. I genuinely believe people would happily accept the modest hike if safety and quality of service better."

He also took a dig at Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: "The PM has his 'M' and I have mine. The only difference is that I know what to expect from my 'M'."

It was a clear reference to Mehbooba Mufti, leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

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