Why Modi asked Suresh Prabhu to wait and not reject his resignation
Prime Minster Narendra Modi's response to Suresh Prabhu who offered to quit is interesting. Suresh Prabhu in a series of tweets on Wednesday said that he met with the Prime Minister and took full moral responsibility for the train accidents. The PM asked me to wait, he tweeted.
Now Suresh Prabhu, the Railway Minister did not say it in as many words, that he resigned. He only said that he took full moral responsibility. However those in the know of his meeting with the PM said that he had offered to quit, but was told to wait.
Modi only told Prabhu to wait, but did not reject the resignation. This has led to speculation in several quarters about what exactly did Modi mean when he asked Prabhu to wait.
One source in Delhi says that Modi may have asked him to wait since the Cabinet reshuffle is round the corner. Suresh Prabhu has been under pressure and the two recent railway accidents within a span of five days has given the opposition more ammunition to gun for him. The fact is that the number of accidents during his tenure have decreased, but the only problem has been that it has been taking place at regular intervals.
It would be interesting to see what decision Modi would take on the issue. The railway is very close to the Prime Minister's heart. At several meetings he has raised concerns over the Railways. Would Suresh Prabhu be replaced or would Modi take a different judgment call.