Even as the death toll in the Indore-Patna Express train derailment tragedy touches 131, politicians of the nation are busy giving biting comments on media, both social and otherwise.
#KanpurTrainTragedy death toll rises to 133: IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmad to ANI— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 21, 2016
14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in the wee hours of Sunday morning in what is being touted as the worst train accident in years. While leaders and politicians expressed condolences on social media:
Heartfelt condolences to families of deceased in Indore Patna Express accident. Prayers for speedy recovery of injured #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) November 20, 2016
Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Indore-Patna Rajendra Nagar Express train accident is unfortunate.Deep condolences to the bereaved families.We are monitoring the situation.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 20, 2016
Deeply pained by the loss of lives caused by the derailment of Patna- Indore Express near Kanpur. My thoughts are with the bereaved families— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 20, 2016
Many, however, were quick to jump into the blame game:
Railway ministry should probe matter soon- whether track was broken or it's a plot against Centre:BJP MP from Kanpur Murli Manohar Joshi pic.twitter.com/I4cHgdvCEG— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
Focus of railway ministry has changed from operation to cosmetics; This is derailment of entire railway organisation, not a train: D Trivedi pic.twitter.com/3sNszyJzrU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
While the accident has brought the attention back on passenger safety issues on the Indian railways, many, such as RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, criticised Modi government for focussing on the wrong thing:
Rather than investing 1 Lacs Cr. in headline grabbing but loss making bullet trains,1st Modi Govt must look aftr Safety & Security measures— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) November 20, 2016
Unfortunate; we talk about running bullet trains when we are unable to run these safely, judicial probe must be ordered: Rajeev Shukla, Cong pic.twitter.com/41sldvV8bj— ANI (@ANI_news) November 20, 2016
Deputy CM of Bihar, Tejaswi Yadav, also condemned the PM in a rally in Agra for displaying 'insensitivity':
"Such a tragic train accident takes place and the Prime Minister is addressing a rally in the same state where more than 100 passengers have lost their lives- this is something that cannot be digested."
"PM was lavishing praises on himself in the state where so many people were killed in the train accident".
Such an insensitive & inhuman Modi govt. 70 ppl died in tragic train accident due to their failure & PM is garnering votes in same region— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 20, 2016
BJP को आज तो कम से कम मानवीय संवेदना का ख्याल रखना चाहिए था।राजनीति अपनी जगह, कम से कम मानवीय मूल्यों को तो महत्व दीजिए, प्रधानमंत्री जी!— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 20, 2016
(The above was retweeted by Lalu Prasad Yadav)
Shivpal Yadav also attacked Modi government for being a complete 'failure' when it came to preventing the rail accident.
A similar personal attack on the PM and BJP was mounted by Mayawati:
Dukh ki baat hai ki wo (PM Modi) wahan (Kanpur derailment site) nahi gaye, doosron ke dukh mein shaamil hona unke mijaaz mein nahin:Mayawati pic.twitter.com/MHtnOZ8ZpY— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
BJP ab UP ke saath kisi aur jagah bhi ab apni sarkaar nahi bana payegi: BSP Chief Mayawati pic.twitter.com/NIfPQkv76c— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
Congress Opposition leaders joined in the blame game, even as chief Sonia Gandhi expressed condolences.
Congress leader Madhu Yashki Goud called an utter 'failure of the railway minister', demanding an explanation from the ruling party on behalf of the Congress party. Hindustan Times quoted his as saying:
"Prime Minister is busy travelling to Japan and talking about bullet trains but during his tenure ignored the safety of the railways."
Minister of State for railways, Manoj Sharma, has ordered a high level probe into the accident. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed for carrying out rescue missions in the accident site. He, along with railway Minister Suresh Prabhu visited the site of the accident earlier.
The incident is expected to turn onto an electoral talking point in the upcoming UP state elections.
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