The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

Railway Minister Should Resign

The arrest of the nephew of the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, for accepting a bribe of Rs. 90 lakh from a Member of the Railway Board is a shocking and serious matter. The CBI has arrested the Minister’s nephew, Vijay Singla and the member of the Railway Board, Mahesh Kumar. It is reported that the amount paid is part of a deal for Rs. 2 crore to get a new post within the Railway Board. An investigation must be conducted to uncover the full ramifications of this case and prosecute all those guilty.

Though the Railway Minister may not have any direct link in the matter, he has to take moral responsibility for this high level corruption involving his relative and the highest body in his ministry, the Railway Board. Propriety demands that Shri Bansal resign as railway minister.