Utkal Express Accident Impact: Prabhu Offers To Quit Cabinet, PM Says Wait

Accountability is Good PM Modi Will Take a Decision Jaitley on Rail Min Suresh Prabhu’s Offer To Resign

The Union Minister of Defence and Finance Arun Jaitley has welcomed Prabhu's statement saying that "accountability is good system in the government".

Hours after a second train derailed in four days, Prabhu called on the Prime Minister "taking full responsibility" for the state of affairs.

"Prime Minister will take a decision on whatever request the railway minister has made", Jaitley told reporters here.

He said that he was extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents and loss of precious lives of passengers.

Prabhu said that he had tried to overcome "decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones". "He has asked me to wait". Reportedly, his resignation has been accepted.

"Hon'ble PM has asked me to wait", Mr Prabhu tweeted as yet another derailment took place early this morning after saturday's Kalinga Utkal express accident.

There have been two back-to-back accidents in the last five days, triggering demands for the minister's resignation.

"In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways".

"I met the Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking full moral responsibility". Mittal has been replaced by Air India CMD Ashwini Lohani as the new chairman of the railway board.

The party said that Modi should appoint a responsible person in this position.

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. After nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in the district, at least 50 people were injured. On August 19, the Utkal Express heading to Haridwar from Puri went off tracks.

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