After the train accident in Odisha on Friday, Bengal politicians engaged in a political brawl on Sunday, with State Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari criticizing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “forcibly transporting” the injured passengers of the ill-fated Coromandel Express to Bengal, a state that lacked basic health infrastructure. The accident occurred on Friday evening at Bahanaga off Balasore in Odisha.
“I firmly object to the manner in which the Bengal Government is playing politics by forcibly transporting the injured to Kolkata and other areas of Bengal where there is jungle raj in the name of health facility…
“For the sake of narrow politics, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is playing with the lives of these unfortunate people,” said Adhikari, who on Sunday visited the hospitals in Odisha where the injured were being treated.
His ferocious assault on the Trinamool Congress leader and her government came just hours after Banerjee demanded the resignation of the Railway Minister for failing to save so many lives.
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Three trains were involved in an accident that resulted in nearly 300 fatalities and over a thousand severe injuries, with the Chennai-bound Coromandel Express suffering the most damage.
“When the Railways Ministry, inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and working closely with the Government of Odisha, has been doing magnificent work in rescuing and treating the operations, there is no health facility in Bengal… if not, why do lakhs of people visit Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Vellore, and other southern cities every year for treatment?
Every year, ten million Bengalis travel to Odisha and Vellore in southern India for medical care, and ten million Bengalis migrate to southern states in pursuit of employment, both of which were weak representations of Bengal under Mamata Banerjee.
The BJP leader added that he would not have brought up such issues if not for the manner in which Mamata Banerjee attacked Mr. Vaishnav, who has done a wonderful job restoring the grandeur of the Indian Railways.
As Balasore is a frontier district, a large number of injured persons were transported to Kolkata by ambulances sent by the Bengal government. In the Bengali capital, many of these patients were being treated at SSKM Hospital, NRS and RG Kar Medical Colleges.