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Mukul Roy India's new rail minister

Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, a trusted aide of Mamata Banerjee, was sworn in as India's new railway minister yesterday, replacing Dinesh Trivedi who was forced to resign.

Roy, 57, was sworn in as a cabinet minister at a special but brief ceremony by President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The oath-taking ceremony of Roy was attended also by Vice President Md Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson and cabinet ministers including ministers of Tinamool Congress.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted Roy as the new railway minister after a 20-minute meeting with Mamata here on Monday.

Roy, a junior minister for shipping in Singh's council of ministers, represents West Bengal in the Rajya Sabha, and had served as the junior minister for railways in 2011.

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