JD-U leader K.C Tyagi irked by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's remark, said that the Centre must remove him immediately.
"On one hand the UPA government wants our support and we are giving that to them, but on the other hand their ministers are making such irresponsible remarks and creating problems for our government. Hence, we demand for the immediate resignation of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from the UPA Chairperson," he said.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is the junior railway minister, had accused the Bihar administration of not alerting railways authorities about the large congregation of pilgrims in Khagaria district, where the incident took place.
Union Railways Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge said he did not know about any such remarks made by Chowdhury.
"Neither I blame, nor do they blame us. This is news I am hearing. Just now I met Mr. Sharad Yadav, he also did not tell me anything," said Kharge.
Earlier, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on August 20 said that the Bihar state administration was to be blamed for the Rajyarani Express mowing down the pilgrims and also attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that 28 people died in the accident, instead of 37 put by the Bihar Chief Minister, and nine others were injured.
Nitish Kumar had dismissed any lapse on the part of the state administration.
Describing the Bihar train tragedy to be the rarest of rare, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on August 19 announced a compensation of Rs. two lakh each for the families of those who were crushed to death under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express.
At least 35 people were killed in Bihar's Khagaria District when the Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express ploughed into pilgrims at Dhamahra Ghat Railway Station on August 19.
The victims, mostly pilgrims, were standing on the railway tracks at a station in Katyani Sthan, a religious stopover, waiting to board another train when the train hit them.
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals in Saharsa.
Complete chaos prevailed at the accident site throughout Monday. Locals staged protests against the authorities, and some of them torched the train.
--ANI (Posted on 22-08-2013)