Manish Sisodia alleges that it is a "conspiracy" for benefiting private cab operators.
Upping the ante against Delhi Metro fare hike, Delhi Assembly on Saturday passed a resolution, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleging that it is a “conspiracy” for benefiting private cab operators. Moved by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, the resolution was passed by a voice vote in the House. Sisodia, who didn’t name Centre, said that there was an attempt to make the Delhi Metro “premium public transport”, but the AAP government would not allow it, PTI quoted him as saying.
“The (Delhi) Metro is being run by the money of people who don’t want fares to be increased,” said the deputy chief minister during a discussion on the resolution. “Conspiracy is being hatched so that Ola and Uber companies will be benefited. This is being deliberately done so that the fares of Metro are more than that of taxis of private companies,” Sisodia said. He went on to argue that if the metro fares were expensive, people would shift to cabs, resulting in an increase in the pollution levels in Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has been opposing the proposed metro fare hike scheduled to be effective from tomorrow. On Sunday, Kejriwal had offered to take over the metro if the Centre agrees. Sisodia also made interesting claims about the fare hike. “We will soon expose the truth behind the conspiracy. DMRC is not a soap company, instead it has been set up by people’s money.” he said.