Kharge also condoled the death of passengers in the train accident and said the party has many questions to ask the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister, but they can wait as the immediate task is rescue and relief. In a statement, Kharge said, “At this moment of grave national tragedy due to the horrific train accident in Odisha, I have directed the entire organization of the Congress party to extend all possible and necessary help.” Kharge said that many Congress leaders from different states have either already reached or will reach Balasore soon.
There are many questions but rescue and relief first
The Congress chief said, ‘I once again express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. We have many questions to ask the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister, but they can wait, as there is immediate rescue and relief work. Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) President Sonia Gandhi said in a statement, ‘I am most saddened and distressed by the horrific train accident in Odisha. I express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all the bereaved families.
This is the matter of greatest pain- Ramesh
Echoing Kharge’s views, Congress general secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh said the train accident in Odisha was indeed horrific. This is the matter of greatest pain. This shows once again why safety should be a top priority in the rail network. There are many legitimate questions that need to be raised but they should wait till tomorrow. The remarks by Congress leaders came after 261 people died in a train accident near Bahanga Bazar railway station in Odisha on Friday evening. More than 900 people have also been injured in the accident and many are admitted in hospitals.
Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal said party chief Mallikarjun Kharge had informed Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and AICC in-charge A.K. Chella Kumar to immediately visit the accident site in Odisha to take stock of the situation and supervise the relief efforts being made by Congress workers and frontal organisations.
Earlier AICC in-charge-Administration and coordinator of Congress President’s Office, Gurdeep Singh Sappal tweeted, “Resignation in such cases is expected not only on moral grounds. Resignation is also a means to ensure that people in power and those responsible for the accident do not influence such high level investigations. This is the reason why it has been a tradition to suspend the officers involved in the command chain and the minister to resign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a high-level meeting with his government officials and several ministers regarding the train accident. After this left for Odisha and reached the accident site. Rescue operations at the accident site have been completed and restoration work has begun.