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With saffron building, Mughalsarai station is now Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction

Deen Dayal Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968.

Mughalsarai: Mughalsarai Railway Station, with building painted in saffron colour and signboards bearing the new name, is now officially Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, named after the RSS ideologue. The BJP chief Amit Shah inaugurated the railway station. Union minister Piyush Goyal and UP CM Yogi Adityanath were also present during the inauguration.
Shah also flagged off a passenger train with an all-women crew and a goods train at the station. Railway officials said it will be the first time in the country that an all-woman crew will run a train. On paper, Mughalsarai station got a new name after UP Governor Ram Naik gave his assent to the proposal in June. The move drew flak from the opposition which accused the ruling party of attempting to tamper with history.

156-year-old railway station

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the railway station on February 28, 1968. The 156-year-old railway station is situated in Uttar Pradesh Chandauli district. It was constructed during the British rule when the railway tracks crossed the place in 1862. The station eventually became Asia’s biggest goods train yard and one of India’s busiest station with the daily movement of around 250 trains each day.

Railway Station turns into a platform for political battle

  • BJP president Amit Shah took on the Congress over Assam citizens’ list and accused its chief Rahul Gandhi of silence on one basic question: Should there be a list at all.
  • NRC is for taking out Bangladeshis from Assam. Mamata says NRC should not happen, Congress says the same. I ask Rahul Gandhi should NRC happen or not? He does not reply,’ he said. ‘Should Bangladeshis be taken away or not? I want to ask Congress decide whether you want to keep the intruders here or not,’ he added.
  • The Congress has not questioned the validity of the exercise. Last week, in a Facebook post, Rahul Gandhi had hit out at the government over what he called its ‘tardy execution’.
  • Shah also dared the Congress to clear its stand on the amended OBC Bill when it is taken up in the Rajya Sabha and said it would expose whether the party was really for the backward communities.
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