Sena, opposition leaders lash out at Maharashtra, central governments on Mumbai stampede

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Shiv Sena on Friday launched a blistering attack against its own ally in Maharashtra government while dubbing the stampede on an overbridge at Elphinstone railway station a “massacre.” Both Shiv Sena and BJP are coalition partners in Mahrashtra government.

Shiv Sena
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Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut told PTI, “This incident is a public massacre for which the government and railways are responsible. We have time and again demanded that the old and dilapidated foot overbridges be redeveloped but no action has been taken yet.”

Joining the criticism for the government was also Congress party, which asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop pursuing his bullet train project and improve safety for passengers in existing train services.

Sanjay Nirupam of Congress said that the country did not need a bullet train but good facilities in the existing railway services.

He said, “The accident at Elphinstone station was bound to happen. That’s because the footbridge is so narrow that railway should have created an alternative passage. The proposal to create a subway was passed in 2013. But more than three-and-a-half years after being in government has not done anything on that.”

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde too agreed with Nirupam and said that the government, instead of bringing in bullet trains at this stage, should focus on developing stations and improving passenger safety.

“The Maharashtra government will give Rs 5,000 crore for the bullet train project. Instead, this money should be immediately provided for the development of railway stations in Mumbai,” the NCP leader said.

At least 26 people were killed and several injured in a rush hour stampede on a foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations here this morning.

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