Criticising the Budget presented by Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP on Wednesday alleged she was cheating the people by announcing unapproved projects and focusing on non-Railway work such as agriculture, medicine and social welfare.

“Her (Ms. Banerjee’s) announcements in the Railway Budget are mostly related to activities of other ministries such as agriculture, education and medical, and not about more funds for new rail line, passenger amenities or modernisation projects of Railways,” BJP Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde told reporters here.

“In her last year’s budget too, her announcements were related to setting up of medical colleges and printing presses, which are not railway activities. This year too she has made announcements on social activities, 300 diagnostic centres, motels and parks. I think she is not focusing on Railway’s progress,” Mr. Munde said at the Parliament premises soon after the budget was presented.

He said Ms. Banerjee was focusing on non-Railway activities such as setting up playgrounds, creches, hospitals and cold storages. “It seemed as though she was reading out the railway timetable and not making a budget speech,” he added.

The BJP leader said if Ms. Banerjee had fulfilled the promises of social responsibility she made last year, her announcements this year could be believed. “Not a single project announced last year has been fulfilled by her. So how do we believe her now?” he asked.

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