On Moral Grounds, Suresh Prabhu Offers To Quit Over Train Mishaps; PM Asks Him To Wait

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| August 23 , 2017 , 15:09 IST

In the wake of the second railway derailment taking place within the short span of 5 days, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking full moral responsibility for the incidents. The PM has meanwhile asked the Railways Minister to wait.

In a series of tweets, Prabhu said, "In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways. Under the leadership of PM, tried to overcome decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones.

"New India envisioned by PM deserves a Railways which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which the Railways is progressing now," added Prabhu.

"I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish," he said.

"I met the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking full moral responsibility. Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait," Prabhu tweeted.

Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal on Wednesday also tendered his resignation. However, sources say that Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has not yet accepted his resignation.

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At least 74 passengers were injured when 10 coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express along with its engine derailed near UP's Auraiya district early morning on Wednesday.

No casualties have been reported in the second rail incident in Uttar Pradesh state since the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar district on August 19 which killed 22 people, injuring 156 others.