Will Suresh Prabhu follow on the footsteps of Lal Bahadur Shastri and resign?

On November 20, 145 people died when the ill-fated Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

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New Delhi, Nov 22: History repeats itself, but most often it does not follow the same trajectory.

On November 20, 145 people died when the ill-fated Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Suresh Prabhu

A similar train accident rocked the nation exactly 60 years ago.

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According to a report published by Firstpost, on 27 November, 1956, an Indian Railways train met with an accident at Arilayur in Tamil Nadu, killing 144 passengers.

Both the disasters share a lot of similarities in terms of its horrific magnitude and fatalities.

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However, there is no resemblance in the way the bosses of Indian Railways reacted now and then.

Then Railways minister Lal Bahadur Shastri immediately resigned from his post after the accident in 1956.

"I am responsible," Shastri said.

"All of us are very unhappy over the tragedy but I am sure - in fact I know it - that probably the unhappiest among all of us is the Railway Minister," said then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the Parliament.

Now, the question is will Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu own up responsibility and resign, as opposition parties are demanding.

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