Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Maharashtra Poonam Mahajan travelled by a special train to Bhopal from Bina district of Madhya Padesh two days back, raising questions of propriety but railways denied that any VIP treatment was meted out to her, saying it was sent for Union Minister Manoj Sinha.
“In fact the special train from Bhopal was sent for Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha to Sagar district as per protocol on May 31,” Western-Central Railway (WCR) General Manager Ramesh Chandra said.
Manoj Sinha had gone to Sagar to attend a function where Poonam was also present. From there, Sinha and Poonam came to nearby Bina by a special train where the minister inaugurated a Railway Over Bridge (ROB), he said.
After the function, Sinha, as per his scheduled plan, was to return to Bhopal by the special train from where he had to catch a flight to Delhi. But as the function got delayed, Sinha changed his plan at the last moment and boarded a train from Bina for Delhi, the GM said.
“As the special train was to return to Bhopal, Poonam boarded it. Nothing should be read into it. It was a coincidence,” he said.
According to railway rules, no special train can be run for MPs.
Chandra refuted the charge of any VIP treatment being meted out to Poonam, daughter of former Union Minister late Pramod Mahajan.
“No VIP treatment against the (rule) book was meted out to Poonam Mahajan,” he said.