Odisha train tragedy: Will there be an accountability, Congress asks PM

New Delhi, Jun 4 (IANS): Raising questions on the Odisha train accident, the Congress on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi that "will there be any accountability for this massive operational failure".

"The death toll is steadily rising. More and more details coming out about how this tragedy unfolded. So massive was this operational failure that three trains collided. Will there be any accountability, PM Narendra Modi? Or will your government shirk responsibility from the biggest train tragedy in living memory?," Congress General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal asked.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also hit out at the government and said, "Yesterday we were quiet out of respect. Today at 12 noon my colleagues Shaktisinh Gohil and Pawan Khera will ask searching questions of the Modi government on Railway management, especially on safety that has been compromised in the PR campaign of the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister. Recall that Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned in the wake of the November 1956 Ariyalur train disaster and Nitish Kumar did so following the ghastly Gaisal train tragedy in August 1999."

The remarks from Congress leaders came a day after the Railways said that 288 people have died and over 800 injured in the horrific train tragedy near Bahanaga Bazar Railway station in Odisha's Balasore district on Friday evening.

21 coaches of the Coromandel Express and the SMVP-Howrah Superfast Express derailed and capsized leading to one of the worst train accidents in last few decades.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting in Delhi and also visited the accident site in Balasore.

He said that best medical treatment will be provided to the injured, and guilty will not be spared.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has been camping at Balasore accident site since Saturday morning.



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  • Adv. Melvyn D'souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Please go to the site and help the victims instead of asking for accountability.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    chaiwala p.m., will give a clean cheat to ashwini vaishnaw & will give him a cap & a feather to wear. grave mistake from da central pettha gobernment.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has to say Goodbye ...

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  • jb, mlore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Congress cannot compare the development which have happened in last 9 years . A regular train traveler will know the difference he experiences now and 9 years before . It could be starting from basic cleanliness of the train which was never seen 9 years before. The same age old diesel trains used to run everywhere . If you have travelled in Vande bharat you would not raise these questions . If resigning from the ministry is the answer for any train accidents then god help you all . People are watching and opposing any move will boomerang back on them for sure .

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    May 28 2010 ( before 2014) Jyaneshwari Express mishap 146 dead, forget compensation, the victim's relatives have still not received death certificates!!

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Ashwini Vaishnaw should be sacked for dereliction of duty and incompetence. BJP politicians are only good at inciting religious hatred.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    This is planned tragedy to sell one more national asset to Modi’s cronies. Soon Modi will come out with a claim that the reason govt should sell this asset for better service and better maintenance for safety of passengers. Ambani is almost drowned. Adani too is in same boat. When it becomes severe whole of India will be drowned.

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