New Delhi: Adding a garnish of some Bollywood masala to the 2008-09 Railway Budget, Lalu Prasad likened the “historic” success of the rail network to the megahit movie Chak De! India.
“In the proud history of independent India, it is for the first time that the returns on the capital investment in the Railways will reach 21%, the Railway minister announced as he presented his fifth budget.
Prasad, drawing a parallel with the Shahrukh Khan starrer, which was based on the game of hockey, said: “We are scoring goal after goal in every match. Every child in the country will now say Chak De Railway.”
The Railway minister, whose inimitable sense of humour was well in place as he presented the budget, launched himself into verse in Urdu to describe the much-talked-about turnaround of the railways.
“Sab kah rahe hain hum ne gazab kiya hai. Karodon ka munafa har ek sham diya hai. Phal salon mein ab dega paudha jo lagaya hai. Seva ka smaran ka hamne farz nibhaya hai,” he said as the House burst into laughter and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was also seen laughing away.