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Mamata Banerjee demands rail fare hike roll-back; TMC says 'Narendra Modi tumi jaldi bhago'

Jun 24 2014, 13:23 IST
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SummaryMamata Banerjee today termed the rail fare hike as "unprecedented and anti-people" and demanded its roll back in the interest of common people.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today termed the rail fare hike as "unprecedented and anti-people" and demanded its roll back in the interest of common people.

Hundreds of her party supporters also today hit the streets as part of a week-long agitation against the hike in passenger and freight fares.

The state Assembly today also passed a resolution moved by state parliamentary affairs and education minister Partha Chatterjee seeking withdrawal of the fare hike which was supported by the Left, the Congress and the SUCI.

Participating in the debate on the resolution in the Assembly the Chief Minister said the decision to hike rail fare and freight rates had created problems for the masses.

The increase in rail fare means increase in prices of all commodities. The decision will have an impact on the pockets which in turn will affect the kitchen of common man, she said.

Hundreds of Trinamool Congress activists, led by the party MPs, state ministers and legislators took out a procession from Raja Subodh Mullick Square in the north to the Gandhi statue in the central part of the city.

Protestors carried posters which read "We oppose rail fare hike". Another poster read "Modi tumi jaldi bhago" (Modi you should quit).

Banerjee during debate, however, pointed out that their opposition to the fare hike did not mean that they were being anti-Centre. It was just a reminder to the central government that the decision should be withdrawn for the sake of people.

A new government should be given time, but if it took unpopular decisions right from the first day, they cannot keep quiet, suggesting that the new government should be polite, soft and take decision in favour of people.

Banerjee point out that political parties in their manifesto talk about 'Acche Din', but after coming to power anti-people decisions were being taken.

She said if the political parties had plans to take such harsh decisions, they should tell the masses about it.

Addressing TMC supporters at a rally, party general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy said movement against the rail fare hike would be spread across the state.

Roy said party MPs would protest against it in the coming Budget session of Parliament.

Leader of the TMC parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyaya told the rally, "During the recent debate on the President's address in Parliament, we had said that we will support those

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