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Congress slams Modi as government plans to privatise Indian Railways

Narendra Modi August 2019

New Delhi, Dec 3 Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to lash out at the alleged privatisation of Indian Railways.

She said: “Indian Railway is the lifeline of the country. Now, the BJP government has put the Indian Railways in its worst condition. After a few days, like other government undertakings, the BJP government will start selling railways.” She went on to add, “BJPs talent is not in making but in selling.”

The CAG report on the railways has red flagged the national transporter’s worst performance in a decade. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report tabled in Parliament on Monday said that railways recorded an operating ratio of 98.44 per cent in 2017-18 which is the worst in the previous 10 years.

On the other hand, the party’s media head Randeep Singh Surjewala hit out at the centre for cuts in the budgetary allotments.

Citing a new report, Surjewala claimed: “Duping of India’s Farmers, Food Procurement, Youth & Sports & Minorities by ‘Budget Cuts’ in by BJP Govt stands exposed! Agriculture allocation slashed to 72% , Food & Public Distribution to 61%, Minority Affairs slashed to 76%, Youth & Sports slashed to 86%.”

Just a day before, Priyanka Gandhi had raised the issue of rising tariffs on phone calls and internet as announced by telecom companies.

Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in the Lok Sabha in July that the aviation minister wants to sell Air India, the railways minister wants to “sell” its assets and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he alleged, will one day “sell” country.

Taking a dig at the government, he said in the budget it has spoken about spending Rs 50 lakh crore on railways in the coming years and wondered what happened to incumbent minister Piyush Goyal’s predecessor Suresh Prabhu’s claim that Rs 8.5 lakh crore will be spent.
What happened to Prabhu’s claim? Now you have added Rs 50 lakh crore more? It is clear you intend to sell its assets,” Chowdhury said.
he railways’ operating ratio was 98.4 per cent in 2017- 18, way above the government’s estimate, the Congress leader said, adding its revenue and expenditure also fell short of official claims.

“But you do not stop selling dreams,” he said.

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