New Delhi : The Bhartiya Janata Party on Wednesday dismissed the interim railway budget as not more than an election gimmick and stunt since its proposals cannot be implemented by the UPA government as the model code of conduct for elections will override them in the next 15 days.
Terming it as the UPA’’s “farewell budget,” party general secretary Ananth Kumar said: “The entire country is looking forward to the real Rail Budget under the leadership of Narendra Modi’s Government in the coming months which is going to revolutionize the Indian Railways.”
Ananth Kumar, who hails from Karnataka alike Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, regretted that he did no justice to own home state. “Except for the one weekly train service to Katra announced in this budget, there is still no direct connectivity from Karnataka to destinations such as Amritsar, Jammu Tawi, Dehradun and Varanasi. This is despite Bangalore being one of the fastest growing cities whose IT and services industry attracts people from all over India,” he said.
He listed four major train accidents in the region in the last two years to assert that there has been a total disregard to the safety factor. Fire in the Bangalore-Nanded Express in Anantpur district on December 28, derailment of the Muzaffarpur-Yeswantpur Express near Arakkonam on April 10, accident of the Indore Yeswantpur Express in Medak District on December 19, 2012 and the Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express collision with a goods train near Penukonda on May 22, 2012 are just few instances to quote, he added.