Suresh Prabhu hints he wants to quit, Railway board chief resigns

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu and Railway board chief AK Mital offer to step down after two major train accidents

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Vishwas Dass | August 23, 2017 | NEW DELHI


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Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday dropped a hint that he has offered to resign while Chairman Railway Board AK Mital tendered his resignation following two major train accidents.
 
The resignation offers come just three days after three top railway officials were sent on leave after 23 people were killed when Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, near Muzaffarnagar. On Tuesday night, Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiya after colliding with a dumper.
 
Prabhu met prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon and tweeted: “Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait”, an indication that he wants to step down as the railway minister.
 
In a series of tweets, Prabhu said that he was deeply anguished. “I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives.”
 
“New India envisioned by PM deserves a Rlys which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now,” he assured and added: “Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment& milestones.”
 
Prabhu said that in less than three years as minister, “I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways.”
 
 
Since morning, speculation was rife that CRB Mital had put in his papers. Official sources told Governance Now that Mital had met Prabhu and tendered his resignation. However, there was no official confirmation about the resignation.
 
A 1976 batch officer of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS), Mital had received flak over the train derailments.
 

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