The Congress said the high-speed railway project that Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched Thursday was conceived by the UPA government and then added it was an “election bullet train” that is “economically unviable”.
That Congress said it was not against “any project”, but in the past three-and-a-half years, the party had seen how “the Prime Minister uses big ticket projects, primarily for elections and pushes projects just before the polls”.
“Announcement of packages and such projects have been a set pattern before every state election,” said former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.
Congress spokesperson R P N Singh was also present at the news conference. Kharge said the UPA government had signed $ 7-billion agreement with Japan in 2013 envisaged under the Delhi-Mumbai Economic Corridor that would have also led to introduction of bullet trains. The agreement, he said, mentioned the details of the High Speed Railway Line on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. Read More…
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