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SP, BSP oppose renaming of Mughalsarai, Asia’s largest marshaling yard

After the government approved the renaming of Mughalsarai Junction, which will now be known as Deen Dayal Upadhyay, noisy scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha today. It may be recalled that Deen Dayal Upadhyay was one of the top Jana Sangh ideologues. The government’s decision has not gone down well with the opposition parties. A huge ruckus was created in the Rajya Sabha today by members of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Both these parties have a large Muslim vote bank, so they don’t like the renaming of Mughalsarai Junction. The ruckus created by SP, BSP members forced the Chair to adjourn the proceedings of the house for a brief period.

Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal had submitted notice under rule 267, through which he wanted the proceedings of the house to be suspended to be able to discuss the issue. However, his proposal was denied by the Chair, saying that the matter can be discussed at some other time, for instance, by providing a zero-hour notice. The SP members did not like the Chair’s decision and they stormed the well of the House. They shouted slogans and completely disrupted the proceedings of the house.

What is intriguing is that Deen Dayal Upadhyay was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a platform of Mughalsarai Junction in 1968. The Mughalsarai Junction is the fourth busiest railway station in the country and is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line. Mughalsarai has the country’s largest wagon repair workshop and it is Asia’s largest railway marshaling yard.

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