Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre would investigate the Indore-Patna Express derailment, and offered his well wishes to those injured and condolences to those who suffered a loss in the tragedy.
Addressing a large gathering of BJP supporters in Agra, Modi said rescue operations were ongoing.
The Prime Minister is in Agra to inaugurate the Pradhanmantri Grameen Awas Yojna, an ambitious housing scheme which aims to provide affordable houses to all those living below the poverty line by the year 2022.
More updates from Modi’s address:
04:33pm: You will bear the inconvenience of these 50 days so I can fight the corrupt. I have your support
04:32pm: I will fight for your rights. I will fight those robbing this country. I seek your blessings in this fight
04:31pm: We looked for houses with no electricity and gas, and gave connections to them. This has upset those who have been enjoying more than their fair share and are unhappy with Modi
04:28pm: I asked for 50 days time, and I assure you everything will be normal thereafter
04:28pm: The corrupt are very cunning. They are trying to deposit their money through Jan Dhan Yojana accounts. Please don’t allow that
04:27pm: I haven’t taken this (demonetisation) decision to cause trouble for the honest. I took it for the betterment of the poor and needy
04:26pm: Those who hoarded money through the chit fund scam, they have been effected due to this (demonetisation of Rs 1000 and 500 banknote)
04:25pm: What happened to all that money collected in exchange for a party ticket or an MLA seat? It is now invalid
04:24pm: How long will the country keep quiet over injustices? The past government were scared to take action
04:22pm: I assure you all that your sacrifice won’t go in vain
04:20pm: The poor want their rights. The corrupt have robbed the poor of their rights
04:16pm: Indians have deposited Rs 5 lakh crore since the announcement of demonetisation on November 8, 2016
04:15pm: When we are undertaking this initiative to build houses, it also means so many people get employment
04:10pm: “We want every Indian to have a house by 2022 when India celebrates 75 years since attaining independence,” Modi said while announcing he had inaugurated the scheme
04:03pm: This morning there was a rail accident near Kanpur. Relief work is on in full swing. Centre will investigate the Indore-Patna Express derailment
Modi’s address is set to boost the BJP’s electoral campaign in the state that goes to polls early next year.