After Somnath’s ‘threat’,railway budget gets LS clearance

LS speaker was wondering whether his request for railway connectivity of his constituency Seuri with Prantik in WB was heeded or not.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2009 3:36 pm

“This budget will not pass… The budget will get stuck,” Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee warned Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Thursday just before the interim Rail Budget was put to vote.

This threat,of course,was in a lighter vein by the Speaker who was wondering whether his request for railway connectivity of his constituency Seuri with Prantik in West Bengal.

“Speaker ko nahi diya,Budget pass nahi hoga. Aapne Advaniji ko diya,Vayalar Raviji ko diya. Yeh Budget phans jaayega (You have heeded to the requests of L K Advani and Vayalar Ravi and not the Speaker. Budget will not get passed. It will get stuck),” Chatterjee said light-heartedly,prompting laughter in the House.

To this,Prasad promptly said he had announced that the survey for new lines between Prantik-Seuri and Anandpur Sahib-Garhshankar was over and further action was being taken for getting necessary approval to start work on the projects.

“Oh,then it is alright,” the Speaker said and asked the Minister to move the Budget for passage.

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