BJP leaders say budget to give ‘facelift’ to railways

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 22:35 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari said the Union railway minister had focused on improving infrastructure, passenger safety and comfort, and increasing the self-sufficiency of the Indian Railways.

He said several issues such as safety of passengers, hygiene and catering facilties had been addressed without introducing fare hikes.

Tiwari said the railways would get a facelift with this budget.

Pradesh Congress chief Sachin Pilot called the Narendra Modi government’s first railway budget “an empty pot for Rajasthan”.

He said no significant announcement had been for Rajasthan, despite the people voting for the BJP in all the 25 parliamentary seats in the state.

He said two BJP leaders who were holding ministerial berths had failed to protect the interests of the state.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Committee on Thursday called the railway budget “disappointing and promoting privatisation”.

CPI(M) member Ravindra Shukla said during the last railway budg et, the Modi Government had announced running bullet trains, but no such announcements had been made in this budget, which showed the gover nment’s apathy towards the people.

He said the Modi gover nment could not continue to misguide the people by announcing that the fares had not been increased as other facilities had not been provided.

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