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Centre 'politicising' the Railways Budget, favours BJP-ruled states: TMC

The share for Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal was brought down by 14, 23 and 15 per cent respectively, TMC leader O'Brien says

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Derek O'Brien
TMC leader Derek O'Brien speaks in the Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Friday. | Photo: PTI

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien on Friday accused the Centre of "politicising" the budgetary allocation for the Railways and favouring BJP-ruled states.

He also alleged that the government was deliberately trying to muzzle the voice of the opposition as the ruling dispensation had no answers to the questions raised by it.

"Can the government answer why BJP-ruled states got increased share of budgetary allocation for railways? Uttarakhand got a raise of 165 per cent, 30 per cent raise and 20 per cent from the last year's budgetary allocation," he said.

Meanwhile, the share for states such as Delhi, Kerala, was brought down by 14, 23 and 15 per cent respectively, O'Brien claimed.

"They have always accused non-railway ministers of politicising the Railway Budget, but now, it is the government that is politicising the budget," the leader told reporters.

He accused the government of propagating hollow promises of providing employment, saying even though there were 1.75 lakh vacant posts in the Railways' safety sector, the government was ignoring the issue.

"Safety of railways has been compromised. People can get employment in railways. But this government is not even thinking about it," O'Brien said.

He also attacked the government of deliberately shutting down non-profitable routes in to corner the state which is being ruled by an opposition party -- the

"Can you stop all non-profitable routes in all states? the railway ministry has a social responsibility", the leader asked.

He also questioned the priority of the ministry, alleging that it had ignored the freight corridor for the bullet train in

The member claimed that he was advised by his party supremo Mamata Banerjee, who was in the UPA government, to raise the issues in the House to expose the government in Parliament.

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:19 IST