Mukul Roy

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Mukul Roy
MP of Rajya Sabha for West Bengal
Assumed office
3 April 2012
Minister of Railways
In office
20 March 2012 – 21 September 2012
Preceded by Dinesh Trivedi
Succeeded by C. P. Joshi
Personal details
Born (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 62)[1]
Kanchrapara, West Bengal India[1]
Nationality Indian
Political party Trinamool Congress
Spouse(s) Krishna Roy[1]
Children 1
Residence New Delhi
Alma mater Calcutta University
Occupation Politician
Profession Politician
Religion Hinduism

Mukul Roy (Bengali: মুকুল রায়; born 17 April 1954) was the Railway Minister of India. He is an Indian politician and a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, representing West Bengal. He also serves as the National Vice-President of his party, the All India Trinamool Congress. After Mamata Banerjee resigned as the Railway Minister she was to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Roy was handed additional charge of the Railway Ministry after Mamata didi expressed her desire that her party retain the Railway Ministry and personally recommended Mr. Roy to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He served as a Minister of State in the Railway Ministry with Manmohan Singh serving as the Cabinet Minister (pro tem) till 11 July 2011.[2] Mukul Roy's Railway ministry will run a special train called "DU Gyan Uday Express" a Bengali worded statement, which will take 1000 students of Delhi University to places like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore during the summer break of 2012.

Educational qualifications[edit]

He did his BSc (Part I) from Calcutta University.[3] He also earned an MA degree in public administration from the Madurai Kamaraj University in 2006.[4]

Political controversies[edit]

On 11 July 2011, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed Mukul Roy to visit the site of derailment of the Guwahati-Puri Express in Assam he openly defied him. This brought a lot of displeasure among the political circles and he was shunted out of the Railways portfolio in the latest cabinet reshuffle on 12 July 2011.[5][6]

In 2012, he was the subject of a controversy[clarification needed] regarding the Railway Budget. This happened after Mamata Banerjee expressed her discontent with the increase in passenger fares, and demanded the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi, Railway Minister.[7]

After Dinesh resigned, Mukul became the Railway Minister of India and he removed the fare hike introduced by the former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, to much criticism. With the exit of Trinamool from UPA coalition due to allowance of 51% FDI in retail and aviation sector, Mukul Roy's tenure of railway minister came to an end in the month of September 2012.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Detailed Profile – Shri Dinesh Trivedi – Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India". 12 December 1977. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mukul Roy loses Railways". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who is Mukul Roy?". Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Mukul Roy
  5. ^ "Cabinet rank eludes defiant Mukul Roy – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  6. ^ "Mukul Roy shunted out of Railways, IBN Live News". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "India railway minister denies resignation reports". BBC News. 15 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mamata wins, Rail fares rolled back". IndiaVoice. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)

External links[edit]

Indian minister.