‘Utter mismanagement’ of railway ministry: Kharge on West Bengal train accident

At least 15 people were killed and around 60 others injured after a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 18, 2024 | 10:36 AM Updated Jun 18, 2024 | 10:36 AM

Kanchanjunga Express accident in Bengal

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday, 17 June,  slammed the Modi government for “utter mismanagement” of the Railway Ministry as he condoled the loss of lives in the West Bengal train accident.

At least 15 people were killed and around 60 others injured after a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on Monday, police said.

“Extremely distressed by the Kanchanjunga Express train collision accident in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, where many people have lost their lives and several have been injured,” he said.

“The scenes of the accident are painful. Our heart goes out to the families of the victims. In this hour of grief, we express our solidarity and condolences to each one of them. We wish a speedy recovery to the injured. Immediate and full compensation must be provided to the victims,” he demanded.

Kharge alleged that in the past 10 years, the Modi government has indulged in “utter mismanagement” of the Railway Ministry.

“As a responsible Opposition, it is our bounden duty to underline how the Modi Government has systematically converted the Rail Ministry into a platform of ‘Camera-driven’ self-promotion,” the Congress chief claimed.

“Today’s tragedy is yet another reminder of this stark reality,” he alleged.

“Make no mistake, we will remain persistent with our questions and shall make the Modi Government accountable for its criminal abandonment of the Indian Railways,” Kharge said.

Kanchanjunga Express collision: 15 dead, 60 injured; Signal defective since 5.50 am: Railway source

‘Negligence of Modi government’

Expressing condolences, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi requested the Congress workers, “to provide all possible assistance in relief and rescue efforts.”

Further criticising the BJP government, Rahul said, “The increase in railway accidents in the last 10 years is a direct result of the mismanagement and negligence of the Modi government, which results in loss of lives and property of passengers on a daily basis. Today’s accident is another example of this reality.

“as a responsible opposition, we will continue to question this blatant negligence and hold the Modi government accountable for these accidents,” he added.

The accident triggered haunting memories of the Coromandel Express disaster near Bahanaga Bazar in Odisha a year ago, which killed nearly 300 people and injured over 1,000 others.

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(With PTI inputs)

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