Indian Railways recently organised a special run for the BJP MP from Maharashtra, Poonam Mahajan, to reportedly allow her to catch her scheduled flight from Bhopal to Mumbai.
News agency PTI reported that a special train to Bhopal from Bina district was organised to ensure that she did not miss her flight to Mumbai, two days ago.
Quoting media reports, the news agency reported that the controversial leader was given VIP treatment as there is no provision of running special train for MPs as per rules of the railways.
However, the General Manager of Western-Central Railway (WCR), which covers Bina under its Bhopal division denied allegations stating that no such treatment was meted out to Mahajan, daughter of former union minister Pramod Mahajan.
“No VIP treatment against the (rule) book was meted out to Poonam Mahajan,” WCR General Manager Ramesh Chandra told news agency PTI over the phone today.
Several media reports suggested that Mumbai North Central constituency MP travelled in a special train to Sukhi Sewania station on the outskirt of Bhopal from Bina on Tuesday in just 90 minutes for which many trains were made to halt to give way to it. She had left Bina around 7 pm.
This despite the fact that railway rules don’t allow running of a special train for lawmakers.
“In fact, the special train from Bhopal was sent for Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha to Sagar district as per the protocol day before yesterday (31 May),” Chandra said.
Sources told news agency PTI that Mahajan was to catch a flight from Bhopal airport around 9 pm on 31 May night.