Giving his views on the rail budget Shivanand Tiwari, a JDU leader, asked the government to first run the existing trains efficiently and then think about the bullet trains.
He said, "Railways is a greatest medium of transportation, the person from each class either from lower, middle or high class prefer to travel through this means only. One should think about to reform everything in which railway is lagging behind. Indian railway is world's largest medium of transportation and things needed to be changed here. Privatizing few sectors over here won't help at that level, authorities should deal with its problems seriously."
Meanwhile, the chairperson of Trinmool Congress and West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee accused the government of neglecting the her state. She alleged that the BJP-led government deprived one particular state from the facilities that other states are getting.
Refuting the allegations of the TMC Chief, West Bengal BJP President Rahul Sinha said, "Nothing has been ignored by the minister. The Howrah station's infrastructure is not that much developed that it can bear increase in number of trains. If development hasn't been done at infrastructural level then how relevant it is to expect more trains for West Bengal?"
A senior Delhi BJP member Vijendra Gupta termed Mamta Banerjee's reaction on rail budget as her frustration while praising the rail budget.
He said, "This is all frustration of opposition party members, which is coming out. The budget is always set at the national level rather than making it for a particular state. And this time the railway budget is more enthusiastic and encouraging one and I feel it is just a political gimmick ( by Mamata Banerjee). One shouldn't see the budget for its' own means and misguide people on it."