Poll-bound states under BJP see highest rise in rail budget
Three poll-bound BJP-ruled states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan- have seen the highest growth in allocations in rail budget 2018-2019 as compared to the average outlay during 2009-2014 under UPA II regime, according to data provided by Railways today.
Allocations for states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan which are slated to go to polls later this year have risen by 906 %, 1,173 % and 567 % respectively.
In fact, Uttarakhand, which the BJP won by a landslide last year, is the only state to be in the same growth bracket with its allocation rising by 695 %. The state, which is mostly hilly, has been allotted Rs 1,490 crore
The figures from the transport behemoth highlight how most states have gained after the NDA came to power in 2014.
Uttarakhand is followed by UP, another BJP ruled state which has seen a whopping 567 % increase in allocation.
Other BJP states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have also registered growth of over 400 % each.
Madhya Pradesh, which goes to polls later this year has been allocated Rs 6,359 crore, a jump of 906 % as compared to average allocations during 2009-2014.
The state’s outlay has gone up from Rs 566 crore in …read more