Lalu's Railway budget misleading people: Nitish

9 years ago | 27-02-2008 | SAMPURN

Former friends and now political rivals, the Bihar Chief Minister and former Railway Minister Nitish Kumar has made a dig at the Railways Minister and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on his 'friendly' railway budget for 2008-09.

According to Kumar, the railway budget not only has anything new to offer, but it is also directionless and a mere jugglery with figures to depict a mirage profit.

According to the Bihar Chief Minister, Lalu was trying to create a delusion in people's mind by claiming to be the master of railway turnaround. Commenting on the new railway budget, Kumar said that Lalu was simply attempting to deceive the people by stating that the Railways was running in loss during the NDA regime at the Centre. On the contrary, Lalu should acknowledge that he is reaping the fruits of the seeds sown by the NDA, the former Railways Minister remarked.

The Railway minister should know that Railways was never running in loss, the Chief Minister said adding that the NDA government had not only squared up dividend and deferred dividend (approximately Rs 3,000 crore) but had also returned Rs 249 crore taken as loan from the exchequer.

The railway minister has only fooled people by ''manoeuvring statistics'', Kumar said and added if volumes for the Railways have increased its not because of Prasad's efforts but because of the country's economic growth.

The Railways under the leadership of Prasad has thrown away safety norms as also Railway Safety Commission recommendations by increasing the ''axle load'' on tracks.

The track structure design now in use could not sustain the higher axle load for long and if immediate remedial measures were not taken, the Railways would face disastrous consequences very soon, Kumar, Prasad's predecessor in the Railway ministry, said.