Mumbai: CR’s 1st AC local flagged off

The launch of Central Railway’s first AC train started with a political spat as Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant criticised the Union railway ministry for not mentioning the name of Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar and a few guardian ministers and MPs like him in event ads and also on the stage banner.

Sawant, invited to speak first after the flagging off of the Panvel-Thane AC local, said, “Do not take us (Sena) for granted. If somebody does good work, we appreciate, but this is uncalled for.” Sawant said this was not the first time the mayor or MP were not being respected.

Sawant criticised railways for having “multiple inaugurations” of 12 FOBs, wifi, toilets, etc at a single event at CSMT (with a video launch). “Why can’t you ask MPs or MLAs to launch these in their areas?” he said. In his reply, Angadi apologised and directed railway officials to ensure protocol next time. “Be it MP, minister or mayor, everybody is people’s representative and should be respected and mentioned at such events,” he said. Angadi said railways will invest Rs.50 lakh crore in ten years and added the bullet train was the PM’s dream and will come true. “We expect the Maharashtra government to cooperate in this,” he said.

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