JD(U) seeks junior rail minister’s ouster for ‘irresponsible’ remark

NEW DELHI: Unfazed by strong objections raised by JD(U) over remarks on Bihar train tragedy, minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury reiterated that better coordination between the state government and railways could have averted the train mishap.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had reacted sharply to Chowdhury’s criticism of the state government.

“The minister’s statement is highly irresponsible,” Kumar had said.

On Thursday, JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi demanded the junior minister’s sacking from the Union Cabinet.

Chowdhury retorted, “There should be a reason for demanding resignation. I do not understand why they are angry at me.”

“What I had also said was that Bihar has given the country three railway ministers. They are aware of the ground reality. It is not correct to blame railways for everything. Similarly, we too cannot blame the state government,” he said.

The junior minister said the state government should have known the number of people expected to gather at the venue for the mela, and had informed railways about the massive rush.