Train accidents: Suresh Prabhu 'offers to resign', PM asks him 'to wait'

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"Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has today said, again on Twitter instead of coming forward and facing the media, that he takes responsibility".

In a series of tweets, Suresh Prabhu said,"I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives". Under leadership of PM, tried to overcome decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones. "It is time for the prime minister to come forward and lay down a roadmap of safety for the railways", the Congress leader told reporters. Reportedly, his resignation has been accepted. "Hon'ble PM has asked me to wait", the Railway Minister tweeted.

"The Prime Minister will take a decision on the request made by railway minister", he said.

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He took full responsibility for the two train accidents, which have taken place in last five days.

"New India, envisioned by Prime Minister Modi, deserves Railways, which is efficient and modern".

On August 19, more than 20 died and over 200 were injured after 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district. Either Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack Railway Minister or should accept his resignation. This "responsibility business" would not do, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said while stressing that Prabhu had to resign. Ashok Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board has already relinquished his post.

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Stung by the accident and criticism of opposition parties, the ministry sent member (engineering) railway board Aditya Kumar Mittal, general manager (GM) Northern Railways R K Kulshrestha and divisional railway manager (DRM) R N Singh on leave till further orders.

Prabhu's statements comes on a day when the Kaifiyat Express got derailed in Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh leaving over 70 people injured.

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