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Oppn slams Bansal’s move, BJP calls it ‘Rae Bareli’ budget

The Opposition on Tuesday  slammed the Rail Budget for increasing the burden on the common man, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) terming it as a pedestrian and a discriminatory  budget. Apart from opposition even allies of government like Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) too were unhappy saying it was anti-poor and ignored areas of Uttar Pradesh which need rail infrastructure for economic development.

BJP leader Gopinath Munde termed the rail budget as a ‘Rae Bareli budget’, claiming it has favoured Sonia Gandhi’s constituency while SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said it was a budget for the Congress.’This is not rail budget but Rae Bareli budget, this budget has not been prepared keeping in mind the whole country and this is the reason one could see an attempt to disrupt the budget presentation due to unrest among the MPs,’ said Munde. The BJP leader added that the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) ruled states have been discriminated in this budget.

The BJP also criticised the government for presenting a deficit budget without showing any signs of improvement in infrastructure or passenger amenities.  The party also alleged that the government is misleading people by saying that there has been no fare hike.’The UPA Government’s Rail Budget 2013-14 is nothing but eyewash as the passenger fares have already been hiked before going into the budget session,’ said BJP president Rajnath Singh.

Even UPA ally, SP was severely critical of the rail budget, ‘I have never seen such an anti-people budget in my political life.... This is a budget for can give new trains for Rae Bareli, but don’t ignore Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal,’ said SP chief  Mulayam Singh Yadav.  Even BSP supremo Mayawati  termed the rail budget as a disappointment.’ The poor and middle classes will not benefit much from it.... Fare has been hiked through backdoor,’ said Mayawati.

The Left parties also appeared sceptic about plans to carry out expansion amd modernisation through PPP mode and said the budget had little to offer on the issue of increasing safety, which was a matter of  grave concern for the country. ‘I find this budget is going to be a burden on the people. This budget does not give any hope to the future of the railways,’ said CPI’s D Raja. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the budget will have cascading effect on prices and none of its plans are likely to fructify.
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