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Lalu books record number of trains for RJD rally
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | October 23, 2007 13:54 IST
Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal has booked 35 special trains for the party's chetawani (warning) rally in Patna on October 28.
"RJD memebrs have booked 35 special trains on October 27 and 28 from various parts of Bihar and Jharkhand to ferry its supporters to attend the chetawani rally in Patna" they said.
A senior railway official on condition of anonymity told rediff.com that this was the maximum number of trains ever booked for any political function in India. "There is no record of more than 20 special trains booked for any rally in the past" he said.
However, some officials point out that running 35 rally special trains besides nearly 100 regular trains will be a tough task. "Some long distance trains including Rajdhani, which travel through Bihar and Jharkhand, will be delayed because of the special trains," an official said.
However, Danapur Divisional Railway Manager B D Garg claimed that the Railways has chalked out an action plan for the smooth running of the special trains along with the regular trains.
"We have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth running of passenger trains and to provide security to passengers traveling by long distance trains" he said.
According to RJD sources, the 35 rally special trains are expected to ferry at least two lakh supporters to Patna.