The principal Opposition BJP has described the Railway Budget as “lacking in vision” and “discriminatory towards NDA-ruled states”, even as many BJP leaders described it as “Rae Bareli Budget”.
BJP president Rajnath Singh said that the Railway Budget was “nothing but an eyewash as the passenger fares had already been hiked before going into the Budget session”.
“Now the government has introduced dynamic fuel adjustment component on freight rates that will result in a five percent increase in rates. Any increase in freight rates is bound to push all-round inflation in the country,” he said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Railway Minister’s claim that “no hike in passenger fares is misleading when truth is fares were hiked three months ago”.
“The Railway Budget is anti-development and showcases non-performance of the government. It will increase the burden of rising prices on common people”, he said.