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Shiv Sena condemns 'unnecessary' bullet train project, calls it PM Modi's 'wealthy dream'

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The announcement of and India's joint bullet train project has been received with much disapproval by the In the editorial of its mouthpiece, Saamna, the party on Thursday claimed that a bullet train between and is unnecessary when the Indian and the local trains are already suffering, and the basic problems of the country are going unresolved.

"Even as suburb's local trains suffer daily, a bullet train will be running between and Mumbai," commented the

The editorial also pointed that the bullet train project is being fulfilled over and above the demands of for rail projects for Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Konkan.

"The MLAs and the of are making demands for rail projects for Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Konkan, but they are being ignored. Instead, we are getting a bullet train without having asked for it," the Sena added.

"It is not entirely certain, as to which problem the bullet train is a solution for," continued the sarcastic attack on the Centre's latest project.

Saamna also questioned if the Mumbai-bullet train stood among the needs of the country.

In the light of farmers' distress going unaddressed, and no debt relief being provided to them, samna declared that bullet train was unnecessary. It added that the project would require land from

"Without a doubt, the bullet train will be running over the livelihood of farmers," it commented.

The editorial claimed that the Government was supposed to incur the cost of the project, but now the Indian Government will be spending Rs. 1,08,000 crore for the project, while the Maharashtra Government will have to spend at least Rs. 30,000 crore for no good reason than for the 'wealthy dream' of the Prime Minister.

"The Prime Minister's dream is not of the common man, but for the interest of the wealthy and the business class, and this is the reason for making Piyush Goyal the railway minister. The budget for the project will be increasing in the coming days. Goyal is also the treasurer of the (BJP), so there must be transparency in this regard," said the editorial.

"Suresh Prabhu resigned because of train derailments, but within 15 days of induction of Piyush Goyal, seven trains have already derailed, and have increased the problems of passengers," the party pointed out.

"will be providing all the resources, including labour. The bottom line here is that, the land and the fund will come from the Maharashtra and the Gujarat governments, while the profits will go to Japan. This is loot, yet we are congratulating the Prime Minister on his dream-fulfilling project," the Sena further alleged.

"The Gujarat elections are round the corner, so the business class must be fed something, right?" concluded the Shiv Sena's mouthpiece.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 09:28 IST