Kolkata flyover collapse: Trinamool accepts responsibility
Kolkata: With the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress facing fire from the Opposition over the Kolkata flyover collapse incident that killed 26 people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asserted her government takes responsibility and acts in instances of 'real injustice'.
Over 26 people died in the flyover collapse on Thursday.Pic/PTI
"Our government is the common man’s government. It is not CPI-M or Congress. We have the capacity to label injustice as injustice but if somebody lies and says ‘this is injustice’, then we do not accept that," she said, adding, "But if someone lies and makes something seem wrong then we do not believe in that act," said Banerjee, at a poll rally in West Midnapore.
At least 26 people died and 16 of 67 rescued are in hospital following the collapse of the under-construction Vivekananda Road flyover in north Kolkata’s market area Posta on Thursday.
The BJP sought a CBI probe, calling the incident an "act of fraud protected by the West Bengal government" while Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, during his visit to Bengal on Saturday, alleged that Trinamool leaders were involved in the construction of the collapsed flyover.
Banerjee hit out at Gandhi. "Some leaders from Delhi, who do not love Bengal, come down to the state during elections all of a sudden and go on talking in an unbridled fashion," she said, adding: "Do not listen to them. They have always ignored Bengal."
BJP national secretary SN Singh claimed that Banerjee as the then railways minister, had awarded a project to the Hyderabad-based IVRCL despite being aware that the company was “blacklisted”.
“IVRCL was blacklisted in 2009 and due to its negligence two workers were killed during a project in Hyderabad. Despite that, CPI-M gave this big project to the company.”