Patna: In the wake of the Uttar Pradesh train derailment tragedy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday cancelled a function to release a report card of his government on completion of one year in office and expressed grief over the mishap that claimed 96 lives and left 226 injured.
In his condolence message, Kumar described the mishap as sad and expressed deep grief over the casualties, praying to the almighty to provide strength to families of the bereaved to cope with the tragedy.
The CM ordered cancellation of the state function to release the annual report card of his government marking the completion of one year in office.
"CM has cancelled the function to release report card of the government today on completion of one year in office," a statement from Information and Public Relations Department said.
All preparations had been made for the function and several officials and journalists had also arrived at the venue, but had to return the cancellation.
The mishap took place in Kanpur Dehat district in the wee hours on Sunday.
On assuming office in 2005, Kumar had started a practice of giving an account of developmental work of his government every year in the shape of an annual report card.
On Sunday was the date of issuance of the first report card of grand secular alliance government comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress in Bihar headed by Kumar.
Simultaneously, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed grief over the train accident.
"Saddened at the news of train accident. Thoughts and prayers with those families who lost their loved ones," Banerjee, a former Railway Minister, said in a message.
"May the injured recover well," she said in the message.