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Why Rahul Gandhi does not like Narendra Modi's maiden Rail budget

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 4:39pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 2:53pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the Railway budget "disappointing" and "one that lacks vision". He said that most of the big states like West Bengal, Kerala were left out. A number of Congress MPs also joined the line in criticising the government like Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “It is just a FDI and PPP (public private partnership) budget." Former Railway minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal said that the government had not come up with any new idea and, "They seem to be accusing the previous government of wasting revenue."

The Congress is struggling to attain the position of the leader of opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha even though it does not have a majority to do so. The Congress has 44 seats in the Lok Sabha which is not even 10% of the total House strength. The spoke in the wheel is that even if Congress tries to block BJP's policies but without a majority, their opposition would amount to nothing except that passing any major proposal in Rajya Sabha would need their consent as well as BJP's who has no majority in the upper house.

Sonia Gandhi has been fiercely fighting for the post and even held a meeting with party MPs of the Lok Sabha. Earlier, she even wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan seeking immediate response on the issue. 

While the Congress is mum about whom they would appoint as the leader of opposition, Rahul Gandhi seems to criticise the present government without placing any facts, even his comment about the rail budget being visionless is ambiguous. While senior Congress leaders wanted to project Rahul Gandhi as the leader of Opposition, he abstained from the role and kept himself at arms distance from ground political scenario. 

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