Bangalore Mangalore train – Lalu’s admission?

[Cross posted from Praja, comments off]

BTW, I read a news-piece on this train in ToI this morning, and something in there just amazed me. The piece talks about Mr Lalu Yadav flagging the Bangalore train off at Mangalore, and how he kept the audience in splits during his speech. Now, for the interesting part:

When Lalu mentioned that he knew the reasons behind the delay and put the onus on the bus and truck lobby, there was a loud roar of approval

So whats our Railway Minister saying here? That he knew about the lobbying that was going on under the table to delay the start of this train? That he can just say he ‘knew’ about it and wash his hands off? Or is he only passing the buck, to local railway bodies or the previous railway minister?Now that the train is on, it will be “forget and move on” as usual. But I hope some political opponents of Railway Minister will pick this speech up and make some noise. And before that let me hope that ToI has quoted Mr Yadav accurately enough, they do spice things up at times :)

[That quote is from a story on page 1, ToI Bangalore, Sunday Dec 9 2007]

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