Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy termed the interim Railway Budget as a poll stunt and said the Congress had no “moral, legal or ethical right” to present a budget as its tenure would soon come to an end.
“This government, which would last for another three months, should only have presented a vote-on-account that would provide the day-to-day expenses during the last leg of its tenure. They have cheated the masses…,” Roy said, adding that no minister will be able to surpass Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s achievements as railway minister, especially in terms of allotment of trains to West Bengal.
Meanwhile, the state BJP termed it a “no budget.”
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“People wanted safety, security and more facilities, but this budget provides none. This is only a verbose vote-on-account. We will, after forming the government, present the full budget,” BJP MP and spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Referring to the possibilities of a fare hike, senior CPM leader Md Salim said the axe on the common people was kept on hold. He took the opportunity to criticise the Trinamool Congress, saying how the Railways was being used by the TMC during their alliance with the UPA. “Fares were not raised between 2009 to 2011 to boost individual ambition of reaching the Writers’ at the cost of the Railways. Nothing was done to improve connectivity in the state.”
Minister of State Adhir Chowdhury defended the interim railway budget. “Of the 73 new trains across the country, Bengal got 10. How can people say nothing has been done for Bengal?” he said.