Chidambaram targets Mamata over Sainthia rail tragedy response
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today targeted Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee over the railways' poor response to Monday's train collision at Sainthia station in West Bengal.delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2010 15:02 IST
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday targeted Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee over the railways' response to Monday's train collision at Sainthia station in West Bengal, media reports said.
Chidambaram called the railways reponse to the tradegy "poor" citing that the first relief train after the Sainthia accident reached the site two and a half hours late while the second relief train was late by seven hours.
The Home Minister said that there was a clear gap of mobility in case of the disaster relief teams.
While Mamata Bannerjee has been trying to pass off the accident as sabotage, the opposition trained their guns on her demanding her resignation.
In West Bengal, the Left attacked Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress with an eye on the assembly polls in May 2011.
In Bihar, Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan, both of them are former railway ministers, took potshots at Banerjee, hoping it would weaken her position in the UPA.
While Lalu called the accident, 'a serious lapse', LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan asked Banerjee to "make a choice as to whether she wants to be the railway minister or do West Bengal politics. Both cannot go together. The loss of so many lives every three months is not tolerable."
First Published: Jul 21, 2010 13:19 IST