The former Union Minister campaigns for Narendra Modi on board an MMTS train, reminds passengers of his contribution towards beginning the rail service

Former Union Minister of State for Railways Bandaru Datatreya struck a chord with the MMTS passengers reminding that the popular facility was his contribution to the city in 2001, and nothing moved on this front in the last 13 years.

“I brought MMTS to the city as a Union Railway Minister and will get the second phase sanctioned if Mr. Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister,” he told the passengers, who received him with affection.

Mr. Dattatreya travelled from Kacheguda to Hitec City station as a part of the campaign to promote Mr. Modi as the next Prime Minister.

Mr. Dattatreya targeted the large number of techies travelling to their workplace in Hi-Tec City, and explained the need to vote for Mr. Modi.

“If you wish to have a bright future and a corruption-free government, vote for Mr. Modi and also impress upon your relatives and friends,” he told the youngsters.

Several girls voluntarily walked up to him and expressed their support while seeking better facilities, improved frequency and more safety measures in MMTS.

“My father is a fan of Mr. Dattatreya and I will vote for him this time,” said a woman, a Cognizant employee, while busily shooting pictures to upload on Facebook account.

Some passengers raised slogans in favour of Mr. Modi as he interacted with them.

Mr. Dattatreya reminded that he had also sanctioned funds for the second phase of MMTS in 2004 but nothing moved since the UPA came to power.

“It was supposed to have been completed in 2007 with an estimated cost of Rs. 450 crore but now the cost has escalated to Rs. 800 crores. But we will bring in second phase if NDA is voted to power,” he said.

He said even the Metro Rail was sanctioned by the NDA Government in 2003 and it was to become operational in 2007 but the Congress Government with its corrupt practices dragged it to 2014 and still the work is moving at a sluggish pace.

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