Addressing the Lok Sabha, Prabhu said: " Our priority is to improve the capacity in the high density section. But I thought, Hey Prabhu (oh god), how will it happen?" [Who is Suresh Prabhu]
The house burst into laughter to hear this.
However, Prabhu went on: "Prabhu (God) didn't answer, so this Prabhu thought, why can't we do something?"
The 61-year-old politician, who joined the BJP in November last year after leaving the Shiv Sena, is known for his penchant for poetry and he uttered a long Hindi phrase to explain the agenda of the railway budget: ""Kuch naya jodna hoga, kuch purana todna hoga, kuch engine badalne honge, kuch repair karne honge (have to add something new, break something old, change some engines and tune some engines)".
At another point, Prabhu said the ladder to reach the upper berths in trains would be improved while the middle bay would be reserved for women and old people like himself.
While announcing a high speed corridor between Delhi and Kolkata, Prabhu said it would be done so that "friends from Bengal could travel faster". The steady deterioration of relation between the BJP government at the Centre and the Trinamool Congress goevrnment in West Bengal has been in the headlines for a long time now.
The opposition also did not spare Prabhu after the presentation of the budget got over. Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamool Congress said : "Its all Prabhu ki Maya (god's illusion)."