Railway Minister Lalu Prasad came under attack from friends and foes alike for presenting a "parochial" and "discriminatory" Railway Budget for 2008-09 amid claims that the "UPA train" has met with a serious accident ahead of polls.
"The express train of UPA before going to elections has met with serious accident," Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh said reacting to the Budget.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj described the exercise as "totally discriminatory against the BJP ruled states, especially Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh".
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta was more caustic as he wondered whether the exercise was carried out by Finance Minister P Chidambaram or Prasad.
Dasgupta said it was a Budget for affluent middle class and there was no benefit given for travellers in local trains and monthly ticket holders. "We are totally opposing the Budget", he said.
"It is a parochial Budget. The new trains are going between Patna and Chennai", his party colleague Sudhakar Reddy said, adding that it was an "imbalanced" Budget.
Reddy, as also Dasgupta, alleged that the fifth consecutive Railway Budget presented by Prasad addressed more to the affluent class than the common man.
Mohan Singh, as also BJD's Brajkishore Mohanty and Swaraj, said the Budget neglected several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Gujarat.
"The walkout of members from all sides from the Lok Sabha has exposed the hollowness of Lalu Prasad's Railway Budget", BJP Deputy leader V K Malhotra said dubbing it as a "disappointing" Budget.