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Flyover collapse: UP Cong chief demands Maurya's resignation

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi 

today demanded the resignation of Keshav Maurya, holding him morally responsible for the flyover collapse here, in which 15 people lost their lives and several were injured.

He also alleged that the state ministers were putting pressure on the district officials and the officials of the UP for completing the construction of the flyover before the 2019

Without taking the name of Maurya, who is also the deputy minister, Babbar said the concerned with the UP should resign on moral grounds and added that suspending officials, engineers and staff would not absolve him of his responsibility.

He alleged that three Vinayak temples were being demolished in the city for development works, adding that the flyover collapse was a fallout of the "curse" of the deity.

The also alluded to a remark by when a flyover collapsed in Kolkata two years ago. Modi had then said, "This is not an act of god, this act is of fraud."

Babbar said he would not repeat the prime minister's words and would only say that the incident was an act of "negligence", which occurred due to hurrying up the construction under pressure from BJP ministers and senior officials.

The also demanded a Rs 50-lakh compensation each for the family of the deceased instead of Rs 5 lakh and a Rs 10-20 lakh compensation for the injured, depending on their injuries, instead of Rs 2 lakh.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:40 IST