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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee watching a performance by students on the occasion of International Mother Language Day in Kolkata on Thursday.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee watching a performance by students on the occasion of International Mother Language Day in Kolkata on Thursday.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.

Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took exception to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating a railway road-over bridge at Dankuni station in Hooghly district here on Thursday without consulting or inviting Railway officials.

“Though the road-over bridge was a joint initiative of the Railways and the State Government, Ms Banerjee did not care to inform the Railways even for the sake of administrative courtesy,” Mr Chowdhury told The Hindu over telephone from Berhampore.

“The Chief Minister is so used to inaugurating Railway projects that she has forgotten that she is no longer the Minister for Railways,” he said, adding that keeping away the Railway officials from the inauguration is part of a design to take the entire credit for the project.

“Despite the attitude of Trinamool Congress leaders who were in charge of the Railways over the past few years to exclude those of other political parties from such events we have always invited local Trinamool Congress leaders on such occasions,” Mr Chowdhury said.

Nearly a dozen leaders of that party were invited to an event of the Railways at the Sealdah station earlier this month, he added.

A press release issued by the Eastern Railway said that the road-over bridge was constructed using special engineering methods so that train services were not affected for a single day during the construction. Of the total construction cost of Rs 32.2 crore the Eastern Railway shared Rs 12.2 crore, the release said.

Ms Banerjee inaugurated the project through a remote controlled switch at an event held in the city also to commemorate International Mother Language Day.

“On the auspicious occasion, I pay my deepest regards to all those who struggled for the cause of mother language and even laid down their precious lives in our country and abroad specially Bangladesh,” she wrote on her Facebook page.


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