March 28, 2020 | 7:55 PM IST
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Mahakal Express row: Railway minister says no berth reserved on religion basis

Two days after Kashi-Mahakal Express was flagged off, in which a berth was allegedly reserved for Lord Shiva, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday clarified that no berth was reserved on the basis of religion.

The Minister said that some Railway employees out of their devotion kept the picture of Shiva on a berth 34 in Coach B5 during the inaugural run of the train turning it into a mini-temple. He added that there were no passengers on the train that day and the service will be launched for the public only from February 20.
Goyal, who was responding to a tweet posted by All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief on Monday, said that neither a train nor a berth was reserved based on religion nor will it be so in the future. He also advised the AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi to check the facts before accusing him.

The AIMIM on Monday had tweeted a photograph of the Preamble of the Constitution to the Prime Minister’s Office and alleged that a berth in Kashi-Mahakal Express was converted into a mini-Shiva temple.

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