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Train fare hike: What the parties say

Jan 10 2013, 08:26 IST
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SummaryThe BJP described the move as a burden on the public. “The near 20 per cent hike in fares has dealt a big blow to the common man who is already reeling under high inflation

Put on hold till Budget session: BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJP described the move as a burden on the public. “The near 20 per cent hike in fares has dealt a big blow to the common man who is already reeling under high inflation. The government should either roll back the steep hike in passenger fares or wait for the Budget session before implementing its decision,” former BJP chief Rajnath Singh said. He said the government should have taken the consent of Parliament before implementing the hike.

Non-AC increase not justified: Left

NEW DELHI: Left parties attacked the government for imposing “unjustified” burden on the common man and demanded an immediate rollback in fares for non-AC travel. “The Railway Minister has shown contempt for Parliament by announcing these fare hikes just a month before the railway budget is to be placed in Parliament,” the CPM said noting that the “hike in the fares of second class, sleeper and suburban fares is particularly unjustified as they will burden the ordinary people who are already suffering from all-round price rise”. CPI leader D Raja said there was “no rationale” behind the move.

Not acceptable, will hit streets: TMC

KOLKATA: Former railway minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy said the party activists would hit the streets on Thursday in protest against the hike. “We would hold rallies and meeting tomorrow in West Bengal and other states where we have strong presence. The move is unrealistic and unacceptable. It would only increase the plight of the common people,” Roy said. “The Centre is looting the country. First they increased prices of petrol and diesel and then it withdrew the subsidy on LPG. Now railway fares have been hiked by 20 per cent by keeping Parliament in the dark. The Parliament session is scheduled to start soon,” Roy said.

Sometimes it is inevitable, says Cong

NEW DELHI: The Congress supported the decision saying such measures are needed for the country at times. Asked about the hike at a press briefing here, Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said, “Sometimes, it is inevitable.” Asked if Congress president Sonia Gandhi was taken on board about the fare hike, Alvi said, “If fare is hiked in the Railways, it is not done with the permission of Sonia Gandhi. Party is a different entity and and the government is a different one.”

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