Mumbai, February 25: Opposition NCP today dubbed the Union Rail Budget 2016 as “housekeeping budget” and said it was directionless, devoid of goodies for the common man and had no sops for Mumbai and Maharashtra. Also Read - Mumbai: NCP Worker Kidnapped, Thrown Into Creek; 2 Held
“The government, in its budget has not given any goodies to people of the country and no specific announcement has been made for Mumbai and Maharashtra,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told reporters here today. Also Read - Former Maharashtra Minister Eknath Khadse Quits BJP, to Join NCP on Friday
“The word ‘dustbin’ was used by the Railway Minister again and again. He kept talking about cleaning the stations and trains in various ways. The question now before us is that if this was a rail budget or a ‘housekeeping budget’ and if he is the Rail minister or Housekeeping minister,” he said. Also Read - Anyone With Self-respect Will Not Continue to Hold The Post: Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra Governor
Commenting upon Prabhu’s decision to introduce Deen Dayal coaches for long-distance trains for unreserved passengers, Malik said the government should clarify if this is being done to make a mockery of the poor.
“The Government should make it clear whether the extra coaches would be installed in trains as a tribute to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay or is it being done to make a mockery of the poor, because ‘deen’ means poor and ‘dayal’ is a term used for mercy,” he said.
He taunted Prabhu saying that he is very active on social media, which drains his mobile phone battery and “that is why he seemed to be very keen on installing charging points in trains.(ALSO READ: Railway Budget 2016 Live Streaming: Watch Suresh Prabhu presenting Rail Budget in Parliament).
“Taking a dig at the BJP-led Maharashtra government, Malik said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s recent direction to all ministers to undertake tours of drought-hit regions of the state, was a “face saving measure”.
“The CM has asked all 30 ministers to visit drought-affected areas and take stock of the situation.
Everybody knows that guardian ministers in this government don’t even visit their (own) constituencies.
“Knowing that the Assembly session will soon start and the issue would be raked up by the Opposition, the CM has resorted to this face saving measure,” he said.