Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi took moral responsibility for the accidents that have happened in the last 4 days and offered to quit from his post. However, PM has asked him to wait. Former Union Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi while reacting to this move by Suresh Prabhu in an interview to News X said, “We have not understood the strength of Railways. It’s a great organization and we are letting it down.” While talking about the solution to the problems that Railways is facing, Trivedi added, “The solution is to understand the strength of the Railways and to stop playing politics with it.” Dinesh Trivedi was made the Minister of Railways in the year 2011, however, he had to step down from his post in 2012 after TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee wrote to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to dismiss Trivedi as Minister of Railways.
Earlier in the week on Monday, after the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express which claimed the lives of 23 people and left more than 100 injured, the Congress party demanded Suresh Prabhu’s resignation. Congress leader Manish Tiwari said, “When a similar incident happened four decades ago, the then Railway Minister stepped down. When a flight crash landed in Delhi, the former civil aviation minister Late Madhavrao Scindia resigned. The government should take moral responsibility for the accident,” as quoted by ANI.
Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley while reacting to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu’s offer to quit said, “Accountability is a good system in government.” He added, “Prime Minister will take a decision on whatever request the railway minister has made.”
This is not the first time when a Railway Minister has offered to resign. In the year 1956, Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned after the rail disaster at Ariyalur claimed the lives of 152 passengers. In 1999, Nitish Kumar resigned after the Gaisal train disaster killed at least 290 people. In 2000, Mamata Banerjee resigned from her post after two train disasters in 2000, but her resignation was rejected by the PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.