Lalu is a fully transformed man: BJP

BJP on Friday gave a left handed compliment to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for his journey from 'Kulhars' to food plazas.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 19:08 IST

BJP on Friday gave a left handed compliment to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for having abandoned 'Kulhars' and 'Khadi' in trains but said facilities like i-ticket, e-ticket and ATMs would lead to unemployment.

"The Railway Minister is a fully transformed person. Lalu Prasad, who used to take credit for Kulhars and Khadis in the first two years, has now started talking about cyber cafes, Food Plazas, vending machines and food courts", BJP spokesman V K Malhotra told reporters here.

"After facing defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections, it seems he has realised that gimmicks don't work", Malhotra said.

Taking strong exception to the "wholesale privatisation" of the railways, he alleged that after reducing the staff strength by three lakhs, the government was adopting "Western philosophy" and focusing on ATMs, e-mails and vending machines "which would generate unemployment".

Asked whether BJP was against passenger amenities, he said, "facilities like e-mail are used by only a few people. The focus should be on creating more employment opportunities."

Maintaining that the provisions for gauge conversion, new lines and doubling were "grossly inadequate", he alleged that non-Congress states have been discriminated against.

He said it was "improper" on the Prime Minister's part to have stated that the concerns of the Left parties would be addressed. "He should address the concerns of all MPs".

Charging Prasad with "playing to the galleries", he said, "the scope for improvement is very high".

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 19:08 IST