The Railway budget today 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.
The Railway budget today came in for criticism from within the ruling alliance with National Democratic Alliance (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”.
Despite a patch-up post Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena has been taking a stance against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on several issues, including the Land Acquisition Bill, reflecting the unease in ties. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had quit Sena to join BJP before his induction in the Narenda Modi Cabinet.
“He (railway minister) is talking about raising the height of platforms which requires Rs 97 crore. One has to allot money for these projects at one go if they have to be completed. They are talking about tripling and doubling lines, but which lines will they undertake work on. They have kept us in dark,” Kirtikar said.
Taking a jibe, Chandrakant Khaire, Shivsena MP from Aurangabad, said “the budget is good but difficult to understand”.
“People will ask us what has the region got from the budget? Now one has to read the budget and then come up with an explanation,” Khaire said.
Speaking to PTI in Mumbai, Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said the budget was a mixed bag and did not give much hope.
“Sena MPs have voiced their disappointment because there was nothing that they could take back to their constituencies,” Gorhe said.
Prabhu was known to be brilliant and articulate but the the budget was “hollow”, she said.
There was no clarity on improving suburban services in Mumbai and also that of Konkan Railway.
“There was no mention of increasing number of local trains in Mumbai or laying of new tracks,” she said.
The budgetary provisions aim at implementing the old schemes of UPA government and “hence the budget does not reflect people’s aspirations which had become manifest in the change of government,” Gorhe said.
However, she noted that emphasis on cleanliness, security and technology was a positive.