Slamming opposition NDA for its criticism, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the Railway Budget should not be termed as election oriented but a "historic" one which resulted in buoyancy in the stock market.
"No, no it is not an election express. We have presented a budget which received widespread appreciation from the world and trade and industries' masters. It has led to buoyancy in the stock market and the Sensex has risen further," Prasad told a press conference.
Hitting back at the NDA leaders for criticising the budget, Prasad said, "It has not disappointed the masses but my political opponents as they are jealous of my abilities".
To buttress his points against the budget being seen as an exercise keeping an eye on elections, the Railway Minister said this was for bettering the health of Railways and the process has been continuing ever since he took over the charge of the ministry.
"It was our - all those working for Railways - sincere, collective and untiring effort which brought it out from the red," he claimed.
Had it been an exercise aimed at election, "this type of glorious history for Railways would not have been scripted," Prasad said.
"I am a happy man now as I have proved to be a successful railway minister, the responsibility of which I was unwilling to take up initially," Prasad said added.