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Cong, Left on same side

New Delhi, July 8: The Congress today described the rail budget as tilted towards “capitalists”, the criticism echoing that of the Left which accused the Narendra Modi government of pushing the railways towards privatisation.

“The government’s direction is opposite to the socialist path. Everything is being done to appease the capitalists…. We apprehend the government is heading towards privatisation,” Congress MP and former minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

A statement issued by the CPM politburo said the budget would increase the burden on the common people.

“The social responsibility of the railways of catering to the common people and making backward areas accessible is being given a go-by…. It is clear the government is relying entirely on attracting FDI and large-scale privatisation,” the statement said.

The Congress said that it was not against private investment and FDI in railways but alleged that the Modi government was handing over only “high-profit” areas to private players.

The Delhi Congress today staged an aggressive protest against the rail budget outside minister Sadananda Gowda’s residence. The minister’s nameplate was pulled out as Congress members shouted slogans against the “disappointing” budget.