As Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Congress slammed the latter for getting involved more in photo opportunity, sidelining priorities.
The stategic partnership between Japan and India is very important but the prime minister has misplaced it with bullet trains. His priorities are not common man's priority, Congress leader Anand Sharma told reporters.
Asserting that the bullet train is not India's priority, Sharma said "Our prime minister should not limit it to the photo opportunity and theatrics. There are serious issues on the agenda."
During the United progressive Alliance (UPA) government several important agreements were signed between India and Japan were of utmost importance, the prime minister should take them forward rather than to impress Abe, he said.
Meanwhile, severely criticising the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena dismissed it as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "expensive dream" which will "loot the nation of Rs 108,000 crore".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) 508-km Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail.
The high speed rail project that is scheduled to be completed by 2022, has been financed by Japan.