Manchester City Council has demanded the resignation of transport secretary Alistair Darling after plans for three new tram routes in the city were axed.
Richard Leese: "We have no confidence in the Secretary of State"
The Labour-controlled council walked out of a meeting on Wednesday and protested at a Metrolink station.
The government announced on Tuesday it was ditching phase 3 of the Metrolink system over spiralling costs.
It meant plans to extend the network to Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside, Stockport and Manchester Airport are scrapped.
Council leader Richard Leese called on Mr Darling to visit Manchester and "feel the people's wrath".
He added: "The transport strategy rug has been pulled completely from under our feet.
"If we had buses nose to nose we couldn't carry the number of people we need to move around this conurbation.
"I can't find language strong enough to express our anger.
"We demand that Alastair Darling comes to Manchester and speaks to people in east Manchester, in Wythenshawe, in Oldham and Rochdale.
The Manchester Metrolink has been regarded as a success
"We clearly have no confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport. He should resign."
Council officials will meet the Department of Transport on 28 July to discuss Metrolink's future.
The council's executive member for planning and environment, Councillor Neil Swannick, said: "This is a crushing blow, not just for Manchester, but for the whole principle of light rapid transit in this country."
"We will continue to press for a sustainable public transport system in Manchester."
But a Department for Transport spokesman said Mr Darling would not be resigning.
He added: "Alistair recognises Metrolink has been extremely successful, but the plans for these extensions have been dogged by consecutive cost increases.
"In July 2000, we agreed to contribute £282m. By December 2002, that had risen to £520m.
"Now, we are being asked to pay £17m a year for 30 years towards the cost, whereas previously the figure was £5m.
"The government is in a position, when spending taxpayers' money, where it cannot carry on spending money on them when there are increasing costs."
The anger in Manchester has been exacerbated by Mr Darling's decision to foot half the bill of the £10bn Crossrail scheme in London.