Politicians leave no stone unturned to ensure political mileage; not even from man-made disasters like the serial bomb blasts of July 11 last year. The three political parties – Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena adorned their flags and stuck posters across the seven stations where the bombs exploded.
The Western Railway organised a ceremony to pay homage to the blast victims at 11.15 am at the seven stations including – Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Santa Cruz, Jogeshwari, Borivali and Bhayander railway stations.
AK Jhingron WR general manager decided to pay tribute to victims at the same station after President APJ Abdul Kalam visited Mahim railway station soon after the blast to pay homage to the victims.
On platform number 1 in Mahim station, WR constructed a permanent memorial with a huge photograph of Kalam with his security guard paying tribute to accident victims.
On Wednesday besides GM, head of departments with WR and other officials paid tributes to various stations. But before they could reach political parties had made their footing at every station.
Even at Mahim before GM could reach, members of the three parties descended. The BJP and the Sena erected temporary memorials made of thermocol and wood respectively on either sides of the entry point to platform No.1. While these parties erected their memorials some distance away from the existing permanent one, MNS made its way right above the memorial.
MNS flag was tied above the memorial in such a manner that the photograph of the President was hidden behind the flag.Only after someone pointed out the anomaly, the flag was removed. However, after Jhingron paid his tribute and left the place, the flag had once again taken its position right above the memorial.