NCP dismayed over Rail Budget

The NCP on Tuesday expressed grave disappointment over the railway budget with its chief Sharad Pawar telling a meeting of the UPA coordination committee that Mumbai has been neglected.

Hours after the railway budget was presented in the Lok Sabha, Pawar said the government has “totally neglected” the problems faced by 80 lakh commuters in Mumbai, sources said.

At the meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the NCP said the “neglect is not acceptable”.

The meeting also saw another UPA partner, the RLD, raising the issue of division of Uttar Pradesh, prompting Pawar to pitch for a separate Telangana.

The alliance leaders told the UPA leadership that they had made certain commitment on the Telangana issue in the President’s address soon after it came to power in 2004 and it needs to be fulfilled.

Ajit Singh, a strong votary of Harit Pradesh, said Uttar Pradesh has become an “unmanageable” state. Sources said the UPA leadership assured the leaders of having further consultations on various issues.

This was the first meeting of the UPA coordination committee this year and was held after the start of the three-month budget session of Parliament.

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