Anandiben Patel

Anandiben Patel refuses to contest Gujarat polls, cites age as reason

News18: Anandiben Patel, who was once dropped as Gujarat chief minister on grounds of age, has written to BJP leadership saying she does not want to contest the upcoming state elections – over the same reason. Anandiben had replaced Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2014 after BJP’s victory in the general elections.

Just a week after the engine and power car of Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto Bridge last Thursday, now a coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express met a similar fate at the New Delhi Railway station today. The derailment of a coach of Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express comes on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe inaugurated the over Rs 1 lakh crore high-speed bullet train project in Ahmedabad.

Last week also saw seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express going off the tracks in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh. Following the Kalinga-Utkal Express derailment last month in which at least 24 people were killed and another 100 passengers were injured, questions were raised on alleged negligenceon the part of Railway officials which led to the fatal accident.

Two days after the Kalinga-Utkal Express accident, nine bogies of the Kaifiyat Express derailedin Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district, leaving more than 70 passengers injured. The subsequent backlash forced then Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu to take moral responsibility for the rail accidents in Uttar Pradesh and he offered to resign from the position.

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