Bhopal: BJP MP from Maharashtra Poonam Mahajan’s travel by a special train to Bhopal from Bina district of Madhya Pradesh two days ago has once again raised questions of propriety. However, the railways rubbished the allegations that VIP treatment was meted out to her, saying it was sent for Union Minister Manoj Sinha. As per railway rules, no special train can be run for MPs.

A file photo of Poonam Mahajan at the inauguration of a new train in Mumbai

“In fact, the special train from Bhopal was sent for Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha to Sagar district as per protocol on May 31. No VIP treatment against the (rule) book was meted out to Poonam Mahajan,” Western-Central Railway (WCR) General Manager Ramesh Chandra said.

Sinha had gone to Sagar to attend a function where Poonam was also present. After the event, Sinha, as per his schedule, was to return to Bhopal by the special train from where he had to catch a flight to Delhi. But as the function got delayed, Sinha changed his plan at the last moment and boarded a train from Bina for Delhi, the GM said. “As the special train was to return to Bhopal, Poonam boarded it,” he said.