Sharad Pawar, head of the Nationalist Congress Party, claimed that then Union Minister of Railways of the Union, Lal Bahadur Shastri, had tendered his resignation when an accident happened, and demanded the resignation of Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday after a tragic accident in Odisha that occurred on took place on Friday.
“When Lal Bahadur Shastri was Minister of Railways, an accident happened and it happened again. After that, Jawaharlal Nehru was against the decision to resign. But Shastri has said it is my moral responsibility and resigned. The same incidence has been faced with the country, the politicians should take the possible steps,” he told the media.
Mr. Pawar further expressed his grief over the horrific train accident in Odisha’s Balasore.
The disastrous train accident has so far claimed 288 lives while more than 1,000 people have been injured.
The preliminary report on the tragedy stated that the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and the freight train on three separate tracks at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Balasore district were involved in the three-way accident. It had said 17 carriages from these two trains were derailed and badly damaged in the accident that happened Friday night.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached the site on Saturday to take stock of the situation there, said instructions have been given to investigate the rail crash in Odisha’s Balasore, which killed more than 260 passengers, and that whoever is found guilty is not will be spared.
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