The Railway budget came in for criticism from within the ruling alliance with NDA constituent Shiv Sena claiming it lacked clarity on how the money will come for the various projects.

"We are completely dissatisfied with the budget. They have said so many things in the budget. But from where will the money come?" senior Shivsena leader and North-west Mumbai MP Gajanan Kirtikar said, adding the budget has kept everyone in "dark".
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Mulayam Singh Yadav praised the Railway Budget for its lack of populist measures like announcement of new trains and lauded Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for focusing on fulfilling projects unveiled in past budgets.


 
"This is a good job. He (Prabhu) has not announced new schemes and promised that he will focus on executing past measures. If he succeeds in doing so, it will be a huge accomplishment," Yadav told reporters outside Parliament.

The Railway budget came in for criticism from within the ruling alliance with NDA constituent Shiv Sena claiming it lacked clarity on how the money will come for the various projects.

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"We are completely dissatisfied with the budget. They have said so many things in the budget. But from where will the money come?," senior Shivsena leader and North-west Mumbai MP Gajanan Kirtikar said, adding the budget has kept everyone in
    

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and TMC's Dinesh Trivedi, both of whom are also former Railway Ministers, slammed the budget for lacking in substance and merely "weaving dreams".

 
"It's a nicely-worded budget speech. But there is no vision as to how he is going to achieve goals. The minister says he will get into PPP model, BoT agreements, etc. If you depend on others, you are unlikely to meet your targets," Kharge told reporters outside Parliament.

    
Trivedi, who has at times gone against his party's line in praising the government, was also disdainful for the budget, saying it has woven a dream for people but lacks plan to fulfil it.
    
"It's like saying I will go to moon. It's an idea, a dream but what is important is how are you going to reach there. It's all about future but your finances presently suffer from almost 50 per cent shortfall. How are you going to meet the gap," he told reporters.

    
Trivedi, who was Railway Minister in UPA government and had to quit due to his party's opposition to his reform measures, went on to say that it was not a budget but just an idea.


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"I see Railways going the Air India way. Its coffers are empty," he said.

Unimpressed with the Railway budget, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it was full of "lofty ideas but without any action plan."
    
"Its like there is a train coach but no passenger," Kumar, who served as Railway minister during NDA regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, told reporters.


    
"Bhasan hai par karya yojna nahi hai" (its full of speech but san action plan), he said and apparently took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying "though the budget was read by Suresh Prabhu it was prepared much earlier by somebody else," he said.
    
"Likewise there is no clarity on future of mega Railway bridges three of which are in Bihar," he said.

Criticising the budget, TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Centre was trying to befool the people in the country by saying there was no hike in passenger fare.
    
"But they have already hiked the rail fare after coming to power," she pointed out.
    
"With the decrease in diesel price six-seven times in the last one year, the fare should have been decreased too. But without doing that they are trying to take credit for not hiking the rail fare. It is an attempt to befool people," Banerjee regretted.

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