'Mukul Roy is more bothered about TMC than the railways'

Jul 31, 2012, 06:54 IST | Agencies

Congress MP accuses TMC of 'destroying' cash-rich railways; questions railway minister's commitment by alleging that Roy always remains busy in serving Mamata Banerjee

As the nation witnessed one of its worst train tragedies which left 32 dead, Congress MP Adhir Choudhury accused Railway Minister Mukul Roy of neglecting his ministry and said that the condition of railways has deteriorated under Trinamool Congress (TMC).

“How will he (Roy) serve as the railway minister when he is more bothered about his party work? He always remains busy in serving TMC chief (Mamata Banerjee). He is more bothered about TMC than railways,” said Choudhury.

The Congress MP also accused the TMC — which has held the railway ministry since 2009 — of “destroying” the railways. “Cash-rich railways have been destroyed by TMC. I have no qualms in accepting that the condition of railways has deteriorated under TMC,” said Choudhury.

Banerjee, who is currently the CM of West Bengal, held the railway portfolio from 2009 to May 2011. Later on, her party’s Dinesh Trivedi was given the portfolio, as she moved to head the West Bengal government.

But Trivedi lost his job after he fell out with Banerjee over hiking the railway fare tariff against her wishes. Roy, a trusted aide of Banerjee, took over as the railway minister in March this year. In one of India’s worst train tragedies, at least 32 passengers were killed, most of them in their sleep, and 25 were injured when a coach of the Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh early yesterday, officials said. 

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