Nothing new in Mamata’s budget, says Lalu

New Delhi, Feb 24 (Calcutta Tube) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Wednesday slammed the railway budget presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying ‘it had nothing new’.

‘The railways are going in reverse. There is nothing new in (railway) budget. It is a survey budget,’ Lalu Prasad, whose party supports the United Progressive Alliance government from outside, told reporters here.

Lalu Prasad, who is Banerjee’s predecessor, took a dig at her for last year’s white paper on the performance of the railways during his term.

‘She had raised fingers over the accounting system. I want to ask her in all humility if she has changed the accounting system or followed the same,’ he said.

Referring to the earlier tenures of Banerjee and current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as railway ministers, Lalu Prasad said they had gone to the government for funds and the railways ‘had failed to pay dividends’.

Prasad said the railways made a turnaround during his tenure but its condition has now deteriorated.

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