Ashwini Vaishnaw-Lal Bahadur Shastri | Illustration: Roopesh K, Mathrubhumi
A section of Twitter users have demanded the resignation of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in the wake of the Odisha train tragedy.
Many Twitter users pointed out that in Nov 1956, the then Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned taking moral responsibility for the Ariyalur train accident in Tamil Nadu that killed 142 people. They want Vaishnaw to take moral responsibility and step down.
Many other politicians have resigned over train tragedies. This includes Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar and Suresh Prabhu.
Many users also questioned the absence of the Kavach system (an anti-train collision system) on the route.
Their arguments also resonated with Opposition leaders’ allegation that the failure of signalling system resulted in the incident.
Critics of the Modi regime accused the government is concentrated on luxury trains and the basic security system has been ignored.
Meanwhile, as per the latest report, 261 people were killed and about 900 injured n the triple train crash in Odisha, involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and a goods train. The death toll is likely to go up further as many victims are in critical condition.
The train crash, one of the deadliest in India in recent times, happened near the Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar around 7 pm the other day.