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Railway saloon used 369 times by Lalu

delhi Updated: Mar 14, 2010 13:27 IST
Railway saloon used 369 times by Lalu

Lalu Prasad as a Railway Minister used railway saloon during journeys in his tenure unlike Mamata Banerjee who has so far not availed the facility.

Lalu had availed the saloon facility 369 times in five years, mostly during the journeys to his home state Bihar.

Besides using it more than a dozen times to travel to Patna from Delhi, Lalu also used the customised saloon for travelling to places like Puri, Jammu, Chhapra, Udaipur, Gorakhpur, Saharsa, Bhabua Road, Ajmer, Gaya, Ludhiana, Varanasi from the capital.

Known as 'MR Saloon', the specially manufactured coach consists of a drawing and dining room, a bed room, a fully equipped kitchen and another room for the PA to the minister.

The RJD supremo had used the saloon mostly to travel to places like Kanyakumari, Madgaon, Ernakulum, Sabarmati, Tinsukia and Salem between 2004 and 2009.

Lalu has also used the saloon to visit a number of pilgrim towns including Haridwar, Vindhyachal, Amritsar, Prashantinilayam, Tirupati and Puri.

The Railway Ministry provided the information about the frequent use of railway saloon by Lalu in response to an RTI application filed by Subhash Chandra Agarwal.

The details of Lalu's journeys by saloon provided by the ministry is for the period from May 2004 to June 15, 2008.