Railway Budget 2008-09 has the Left vertically divided. Not only did the division surface between the Left MPs from Kerala and West Bengal but there were also strong differences of opinion between the CPI and the CPI(M) over the Railway Budget.
While Left MPs from West Bengal staged a walkout shouting that the state had been “ignored”, many of their counterparts from Kerala refused to join them and sat through the Railway Minister’s speech. Kerala MPs were apparent ly satisfied with the announcement that a locomotive factory would come up in their state. The Kerala MPs also ignored appeals by their Bengali counterparts to join in their protest.
CPI Termed the budget
“We are totally opposing the budget,”
While CPM grudgingly approved the budget and termed
Railway Budget saying that it has some positive features