BJP holds PM responsible for poor state of IR

BJP expresses concern over the state of affairs in the Railway Ministry.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 19:54 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Monday held Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, who also holds the Railways portfolio, for the
Fatehpur train mishap that left scores of people dead and
alleged that lack of political will on the part of UPA had
rendered the ministry an "orphan".

"BJP expresses concern over the state of affairs in the
Railway Ministry. It has become a victim of coalition politics
in both UPA-I and UPA-II. The ministry has become an orphan
and is surviving without any protection or guidance," BJP
spokesperson Jagat Prakash Nadda said.

The party, led by its president Nitin Gadkari, condoled
the death of over 60 people due to derailment of Kalka mail at
Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh yesterday.

Nadda held Prime Minister Singh, who has kept the
Railways portfolio with himself since Mamata Banerjee resigned
to become Chief Minister of West Bengal, responsible for the
poor state of affairs in the ministry.

"The Prime Minister is squarely responsible for this...
It is his weakness that he never intervened when Lalu Prasad
and Mamata Banerjee were running the ministry," he said.

He alleged that the UPA government was "insensitive"
and warned that "passing the buck" will not do.

Nadda also blamed former Railway Ministers Mamata
Banerjee and Lalu Prasad for the problems being faced by
Indian Railways on Monday.

"As Railway Minister in UPA-I, Prasad had made tall
claims of profits and given wrong figures. He also projected
himself as a management guru at that time. Mamata Banerjee,
who succeeded him, deflated his tall claims. But this ministry
has now become a joke which is unbearable," Nadda said.

PTI