"It is a hopeless budget. Congress-ruled states were ignored and not given their due in the Rs 1,64,374 crore budget," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said.

Former railway minister and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Rail Budget is bereft of any new scheme, plan or railway line and seeks to please the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He also ridiculed the government's plans to introduce a bullet train in Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector and setting up of a Diamond Quadrilateral network of high speed rail connecting major metros and growth centres.    

"Government has provided a sum of Rs 100 crore for the project. With this money only four to five kilometre of railway line could be constructed. Hence this plan will remain only a plan. Many announcements have been made but they will remain mere announcements. This is a PPP (Pubic Private Partnership) and FDI budget not a railway budget. The budget has nothing for the poor," Kharge told reporters outside Parliament after the budget was presented in Lok Sabha.
    
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Central government of neglecting her state in the Rail Budget.

"Bengal is deprived and insulted at the hands of the Centre's new government. Has anyone seen such neglect and humiliation ever?” Banerjee, a former Railway minister said in a Facebook post.

Though, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa described the NDA Government's maiden Railway budget as ‘fiscally responsible and bold’ but urged the Centre to spare common man of the 'previous government's policy of fuel price linked fare increases.'


"I commend the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and the Railway Minister (Sadananda gowda) for having practiced transparency in placing before the country the true status of the Indian Railways. Their approach is fiscally responsible and very bold," she said in a statement.

The Rail budget presented by Gowda was a serious exercise at consolidation "which the new Government at the Centre has been forced to undertake in the wake of the mismanagement of the UPA Government over the past decade of this extremely crucial sector," she said.

 

(JPN)

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