Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal slammed Uddhav Thackeray and said the Maharashtra government has failed and it is unfortunate to blame the Central government and claim that an insufficient number of trains were provided to the state.
The minister dismissed the allegations leveled by the Thackeray-led government that the railway was providing only 30-40 trains when it said that the Uddhav Thackeray government failed to bring passengers for the scheduled 65 trains.
“The Maharashtra government’s accusation of getting 30-40 trains on demand of 80 trains, is completely wrong. The situation was that the Maharashtra government could not bring passengers for the scheduled 65 trains. The entire system has collapsed. And it is unfortunate to accuse the central government of anything,” Goyal tweeted (translated from Hindi).
Attacking the Maharashtra government further he said that the “state government needs to work hard and bring things under control soon”.
80 ट्रेन मांगने पर 30-40 ट्रेन मिलने का महाराष्ट्र सरकार का आरोप सरासर गलत है। वस्तुस्थिति ये है कि 65 गाड़ियां जो शेड्यूल हुई उसके लिए महाराष्ट्र सरकार यात्री नही ला पाई।
वहां की पूरी व्यवस्था चरमरा गई है, और इसके लिए केंद्र सरकार पर कुछ भी आरोप लगा देना दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है। pic.twitter.com/bBZFfL2wir
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 26, 2020
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier taken to Facebook and claimed that only 35 to 40 trains were being provided by the Maharashtra government against the demand of an average of 80 trains per day.
He said that if the railway helps the government, the number of trains from the state can increase.
On Monday, Goyal said that despite the Indian Railways being ready to run 125 trains, only 41 workers for Maharashtra are notifying special trains.
The minister had said that the Maharashtra government has provided a list of only 46 trains, of which five are from West Bengal and Odisha, which cannot run due to cyclone Amphan.