The state leadership of the Congress party on Monday lashed out at senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy for failing to do the duty as the Railway Minister of the country. This on a day when a train caught fire in Tamil Nadu killing at least 28 passengers.
The Congress,an ally of Trinamool,said Roy instead of attending to his duties at Railway Bhavan has made himself an errand boy of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,arranging aalo chop and muri for her during tea time.
Railways is in a colossal crisis and the man at the helm of the ministry attends Writers Buildings instead of visiting Railway Bhavan. He follows his leader like an errand boy. It is such a shame. The people of India will pay a price for it, said Congress MP from Behrampore Adhir Choudhury as party leaders demonstrated outside Sealdah station demanding completion of Noshipur overbridge on river Bhagirathi in Murshidabad district.
State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya,Congress Legislature Party leader Mohammad Sohrab,Fisheries Minister Abu Hena,former minister Manoj Chakrabarty were in attendance at the venue.
Choudhury said his home district,Murshidabad,was being neglected by Roy since it is a Congress stronghold. Ninety seven per cent of the work on the bridge has been completed. Once done,a distance of 50 kilometres between Kolkata and Murshidabad will be reduced. But the railway ministry is absolutely indifferent to the project. If needed we will even gherao Rail Bhavan to get this long-pending demand of ours met, the MP,known for his diatribe against Trinamool,added.
Roy in response said that a small piece of land has been a stumbling block in the completion of the Nosipur bridge project. There has been some encroachment and the state government is talking to those so that they move out from there. You know the state government is opposed to all sorts of forcible eviction and hence the delay, Roy told The Indian Express.