The Socialist Party strongly opposes this rail budget for its anti-poor 'vision'. In the considered view of the Socialist Party the rail budget should be prepared in a manner that first and foremost concern is the poor who do not have alternative choices, except sleeper or general class, in travel mode. The railways should ensure that this large but unprivileged segment can travel within their own country with comfort, dignity and security.
The Socialist Party condemns the practice of dragging the names of our great thinkers and freedom fighters who firmly stood for the betterment of the deprived hard working masses through a self-reliant system.
Invoking names of Gandhi and Vivekananda by the minister in his budgetary speech once again exposes the habitual hypocrisy of the ruling class that caters to the privileged and the powerful while invoking the needs of the ignored and the struggling majority.