Priyanka demands resignation of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

New Delhi, Jun 4 (IANS): As the Congress on Sunday sharpened its attack on the BJP over the Odisha train tragedy, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that accountability should be fixed and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw must resign.

In a tweet, Priyanka said, "More than 24 hours have passed since the horrific train accident in Balasore, Odisha. Shouldn't the accountability of the people sitting on top positions be fixed on human and moral grounds?

"Who is responsible for ignoring the warnings and suggestions of experts, parliamentary committee, CAG report? Whose responsibility will be fixed for the vacant posts in Railways and lack of funds in important areas? Following the ethical path of Lal Bahadur Shastri ji, Nitish Kumar ji, Madhav Rao Scindia ji, shouldn't the Railway Minister resign?"

Her remarks came soon after the Congress held a press conference and demanded the resignation of the railway minister.

Congress leader Pawan Khera and Shaktisinh Gohil cited several internal reports of the Railways, CAG audit report to highlight the lapses.

In one of the horrific tragedies at least 275 people died while over 1,000 were injured when 21 coaches of two -- Coromandel Express and SMVP-Howrah Superfast Express -- and a goods train collided and derailed on Friday evening near Bahanaga Bazar Railway station in Odisha's Balasore.



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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Railway ministry was informed of faulty electronic signal issue in February but minister did not take any preventive measures to rectify the error but was only busy with election campaigning and collecting black money for election victory. Now it’s only legal and moral responsibility of the minister to resign or being sacked by the PM until further investigation and reinstatement of a responsible minister if at all in BJP govt.

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  • BK, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    ರೈಲ್ವೆ ಸಚಿವರು ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆ ನೀಡಿದರೆ ನಷ್ಟವನ್ನು ಮರಳಿ ಪಡೆಯಬಹುದೇ?, ಈ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಪಕ್ಷಾತೀತವಾಗಿ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ನಿಲ್ಲಬೇಕು, ಇಂತಹ ದುರಂತಗಳಿಗೆ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಮಾಡುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ, ಈಗ ನಾವು ಕುಟುಂಬವನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಏನು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನೋಡಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ ಕುರಿತು ಗಮನಹರಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯಿಸಬೇಕು. ಹೌದು, ಈ ದುರಂತದ ಹೊಣೆಗಾರಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಸರಕಾರವೇ ಹೊರಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೂಲಂಕುಷವಾಗಿ ತನಿಖೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ಅಪರಾಧಿಯನ್ನು ಪತ್ತೆ ಹಚ್ಚಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಿಸಬೇಕು. ಆಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಗಲಿದ ಆತ್ಮಗಳಿಗೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗುತ್ತೆ

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    This is a serious human life issue which involves policies and safety standards and govt is 100% guilty if any of the issues are not followed or not in good working order. Railway minister should own moral and constitutional responsibility whether guilty or not resign and enquiry set up to clear his name. But BJP never follows constitution in first place so the minister gets a clean chit still as minister under rowdy rule of BJP.

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