Congress seeks Piyush Goyal's resignation over Mumbai bridge collapse; holds BJP govt 'criminally culpable' for disaster

The Congress demanded the ouster of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal over the Mumbai bridge collapse, which has killed at least six people.

Press Trust of India March 15, 2019 08:19:05 IST
Congress seeks Piyush Goyal's resignation over Mumbai bridge collapse; holds BJP govt 'criminally culpable' for disaster
  • The Congress on Thursday held the BJP-led Central and state governments responsible for the Mumbai bridge collapse

  • The Opposition said they are 'criminally culpable' of inaction and also demanded the ouster of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and prayed for speedy recovery to the injured

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday held the BJP-led Central and state governments responsible for the Mumbai bridge collapse, which has killed at least six people, saying they are "criminally culpable" of inaction and also demanded the ouster of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and prayed for speedy recovery to the injured.

"I am saddened on hearing the news of the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse. I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have died. I pray that injured get relief soon," he said in a Facebook post in Hindi.

Congress seeks Piyush Goyals resignation over Mumbai bridge collapse holds BJP govt criminally culpable for disaster

File photo of Piyush Goyal

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said he was deeply saddened to learn about the Mumbai bridge collapse where several people are still reportedly trapped under the debris.

"Modi Government and Maharashtra government are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies — 29 September 2017 Elphistone Stampede. 3 July 2018 — Andheri Bridge Collapse.

"Railway Minister's tall claims of audit have failed time and again. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal must resign or be sacked," he said on Twitter.

He offered condolences to the families of the victims and expressed hope that the administration will take swift action and provide urgent medical help to the injured.

Five people were killed and 29 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a train station in south Mumbai collapsed Thursday evening, officials said.

The bridge which connected the area near The Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as 'Kasab bridge' as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror strike. All the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.

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