Those in Railways should ensure accidents not repeated: Cong
Concerned over frequent rail accidents, Congress today suggested that Mamata Banerjee should get her act together.
New Delhi: Concerned over frequent rail
accidents, Congress today suggested that Mamata Banerjee
should get her act together.
"It is an unfortunate and sad incident. Those who work
in the Railways should ensure that such accidents are not
repeated," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.
But at the same time, he said politics should not be
played out in a serious accident and it would be premature to
pinpoint responsibility till an inquiry report comes out.
Asked whether Banerjee should take moral responsibility
of the accident, Ahmed said she is the minister in charge of
"It is difficult to pinpoint who was responsible without
an inquiry report... Only after determining the
responsibility, the Prime Minister or the Railway Minister
can take action," he said.
To a volley of questions on Banerjee spending more time
in West Bengal than in Delhi, Ahmed said, "this is an
accident. By raising political issues, one should not make
light of the serious nature of the accident".
The spokesman evaded replying to a question as to who was
a better Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad or Banerjee.
"No political party should take political mileage and
twist the issue with political connotations," the spokesman
Ahmed also downplayed suggestions that Banerjee should
be in state politics rather than in the Union Cabinet, as her
tenure has seen a marked increase in railway accidents.
"It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to decide
who should be in the Cabinet," he said.
On behalf of the AICC, Ahmed condoled the death of
passengers in the accident and hoped compensation would be
given to the deceased and the injured speedily.
Congress sources, however, hoped that Banerjee would
delegate responsibility of railways to one of her colleagues
in view of her increased preoccupation in West Bengal
due to the upcoming Assembly elections there.
The reaction of the Congress comes as non-UPA parties
targeted Banerjee, who has been accused of being busy with
West Bengal politics at the cost of her ministry.
BJP, LJP, RJD and CPI(M) said the collision between
Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express and Uttaranchal-bound
Vananchal Express in Bhirbhum district of West Bengal was the
result of a lapse for which they held Banerjee answerable.