A BJP leader mocks at the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi because of a train delay by several hours on the weekend is viral on social media. BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla from Amritsar said, “For god’s sake, forget the bullet train and focus on the ones already running.”
A former Punjab Minister Ms. Chawla was traveling on AC-3 Tier on Saryu-Yamuna train on December 22 and had been stuck for over 10-hours on the middle of the road, when took the hassle to make a mobile phone video.
Reports said that the train to Ayodhya from Amritsar will remain delayed by many more hours.
Ms. Chawal was a college lecturer before she joined politics, said that “My only appeal to the government and PM Modi is, please take pity on us, common people. The trains are so broken down… We have suffered so much difficulty in the past 24 hours, the train changed direction and is running late, but no one is giving us any information. There is no food arrangement for people spending an extra 10 hours on the train.”
She further talks about the corrupted railway’s officials, who demand bribe and exclaims, “Forget about trains that run at 120 km or 200 km per hour. People are on the footpath, there is no waiting room and people are sleeping in the open in such biting cold – Piyush Goyal ji and Modi ji.”
Laxmi Kanta Chawla said that she had tried every possible helpline, which is being advertised by the railways and had even mailed the veteran ministers, but the mentioned helpline appeared to be “only for the newspapers.”
“The Shatabdi and Rajdhani are for the wealthy. What about this train, used by the poor, the laborers, the soldiers…” questioned Ms. Chawla to the Railways Minister and asked him to travel on such trains and look out for himself what the masses go through every day.
“Modi-ji, people are upset. I don’t know who has seen acche din (good times), certainly not the common man,” added Ms. Chawla.
Laxmi Kanta Chawla is popular for her outspokenness and she headed the Health and Social Welfare Ministers.