July 8, 2014
Bengal has been neglected and humiliated: WB CM on Railway Budget
The Union Rail Budget by the NDA Governmentneglected and deprived Bengal. The NDA Government had earlier increasedpassenger fares and freight charges. Trinamool Congress had protested againstthis unethical hike.
Yesterday, Trinamool Chief Whip in RajyaSabha, Derek O`Brien had raised the issue on the floor of the Upper House.Today, when the Budget was being announced by the Railway Minister, TrinamoolMPs led by the Chief Whip in Lok Sabha protested in the well.
Trinamool Chairperson and West Bengal ChiefMinister Ms. Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock and anger over the RailwayBudget. She said that never before Bengal has been so much humiliated andignored.
“Our MPs are protesting in Parliamentagainst Railway Budget. We will not sit idle if Bengal is neglected” she said.
The party Chairperson said that when shewas the Railway Minister she had given several projects and new lines forBengal but today Bengal is neglected. She added that people in Bengal are notbeggars and do not want alms from Centre. Bengal wants its rights, she said.
“BJP is doing just what UPA did. They havehiked fares by 14.5% in just one month, they want to hike fares every time thefuel prices are increased” she said at a public meeting in Hooghly. “They haveincreased the freight charges and this will result in hike in price of dailynecessities. Not only Bengal, other states like Odisha and Tamil Nadu have alsoneglected in Railway Budget” added the Chief Minister.
The party Chairperson said that severalproposals in today`s budget were already proposed by her when she was theRailway Minister. She also said that the BJP wants to bring FDI in Railways andthus wants to sell off the country. She said that had the proposed FederalFront come to power, Bengal would not have faced the disgrace today.
The Chief Minister also posted on herFacebook page:
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