Rajasthan CM appreciate Mamata Banerjee for Rail Budget

Congress leaders appreciated the Rail Budget 2011-12 presented by Mamata Banerjee on Friday, the state BJP termed it non-directional and disappointing. Calling it a common man's budget, chief minister Ashok Gehlot thanked Mamata for 15 new trains for the state. "It is a big thing that fares have not been increased, which will have a direct impact on lakhs of travellers. For the state, the new trains would be appreciated by the local travellers,'' he said. Gehlot appreciated the fact that the rail minister had included the Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur rail line in the budget, for which he had personally talked to her during his recent trip to Delhi. Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje said Mamata's budget revolved around West Bengal. "Other states including Rajasthan have been ignored as not enough sops have been announced for them.
State BJP president Arun Chaturvedi called the budget disappointing and said 15 new trains for the country's largest state were not enough. "There are several areas in the state which are yet do not have a rail network and it is sad that little has been done to connect those,'' said Chaturvedi, alleging that Mamata had announced sops mainly for West Bengal ignoring other states. Party's spokesperson Jyoti Kiran called it a non-budget, one without any direction. "There is no clear indication of any visible income-expenditure pattern. What is the point of announcing 16 new projects when a 109 developmental projects are already pending?'' she said, adding that the state is disappointed with the budget as its share is insufficient. "There was a need to announce more passenger trains,'' she said.