With back-to-back train accidents denting the trust and confidence of the general public, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has expressed his willingness to resign from his post. Suresh Prabhu has already met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard and a decision could be taken soon. Suresh Prabhu has also accepted full moral responsibility for the train accidents. The first accident occurred on August 19, wherein several coaches of Kalinga Utkal Express had derailed while travelling from Puri to Haridwar. The accident occurred at Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar and resulted in the deaths of 22 people. More than 150 people were injured in the accident.
The second rail accident occurred today when Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. Around 70 people are said to be injured in the accident. The train was heading towards Delhi when the accident occurred. The Utkal express derailment was due to negligence by some railway staff, but the derailment of Kaifiyat express occurred when it collided with a dumper. The second rail accident can be said to be bad timing for Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. People are starting to get restless, as a result of these frequent rail accidents and it may impact the government’s image in the public.