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Congress guns for Suresh Prabhu, wants PM Modi to sack him

Picture Courtesy : YouTube
Picture Courtesy : YouTube

In a scathing attack  the Congress party has  accused Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu of having “utterly failed” in his job and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack him and appoint a “responsible person” in the position.

This “responsibility business” will not do, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said while stressing that Prabhu had to resign.

According to PTI news report, Surjewala was referring to Prabhu’s tweets that he took “full moral responsibility” for the recent train accidents and indicating that he had offered to resign at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress spokesperson also urged Modi to draw a safety map for the Railways.

“This responsibility business will not do. Either prime minister should sack the minister or he should accept his resignation. It is time for the prime minister to come forward and lay down a roadmap of safety for the Railways,” the Congress leader told reporters.

Sending a member of the Railway Board on leave or suspending junior officers was not enough, he said.

“The minister has utterly failed. We had demanded his resignation. The minister today said, again on Twitter instead of coming forward and facing the media, that he takes responsibility.”

“First sack the railways minister. Appoint a responsible person in his position. Come forward, Mr Prime Minister, lay down a railways safety map. Lay down your vision for the railways to be implemented in the next one year,” he said.

The Congress leader also asked the prime minister to allocate money for safety measures, fill up 1.42 lakh vacant posts and ensure the safety of passengers and called rail safety was a “mess”.

“Accidents, derailments and complete apathy to passenger safety is the ‘new normal’ in the Indian Railways,” he said.

He added 28 major train accidents, killing 259 people and injuring 973, had taken place since the Modi government took office. The death toll from derailments in 2016-17 was the highest in a decade, the Congress leader said.

Surjewala added that 40 per cent of 1,219 “line sections” of the Indian Railways were congested beyond 100 per cent capacity. On 247 high density line sections, the congestion rate was even higher.

Stepping up the party’s attack against Prabhu, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari added that the minister should resign if he had an “iota of morality” left in him after two derailments in four days.

“Asking” Railway Board chairman A K Mital to step down was the “worst kind of tokenism”, he added.

Mital, who has resigned, was today succeeded by Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani.

“Prabhu should resign immediately if he has an iota of morality left in him after today’s incident which has left 74 more people injured. It is the worst kind of tokenism asking rail board chairman or any other official to step aside,” Tewari told reporters.

If Modi could spend Rs 1 lakh crore on a bullet train, why couldn’t he allocate Rs 40,000 crore for the safety of the railways, he asked.

“We have seen platform tickets go up. We have seen passengers fare go up, but railway safety remains under a serious cloud,” he said.

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