People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 19

May 12, 2013


Railway Minister Should Resign


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on May 4, 2013.


THE arrest of the nephew of the union railway minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, for accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a member of the Railway Board is a shocking and serious matter. The CBI has arrested the ministerís nephew, Vijay Singla, and the member of the Railway Board, Mahesh Kumar. It is reported that the amount paid is part of a deal for Rs two crore to get a new post within the Railway Board. An investigation must be conducted to uncover the full ramifications of this case and prosecute all those guilty.


Though the railway minister may not have any direct link in the matter, he has to take moral responsibility for this high level corruption involving his relative and the highest body in his ministry, the Railway Board. Propriety demands that Shri Bansal resign as railway minister.