RSS mouthpiece slams Modi govt for rail fare hike

It also criticised Modi government for retaining the top officials of UPA regime in the Ministry of Railways.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: July 16, 2014 1:20:43 pm

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has slammed the Centre’s decision to hike the rail fares, but sought to put the blame on “officials and the decision makers” in the Narendra Modi government who are still loyal to the Congress.
The Sangh, it its mouthpiece ‘Organiser’, stressed upon the need of appointing “good advisers” for Modi and his council of ministers. Citing the “anti-people” move of hiking rail fares, the magazine targeted bureaucrats for not cautioning the government about its repercussions. It also criticised Modi government for retaining the top officials of UPA regime in the Ministry of Railways.

In its latest July 13 edition, the RSS mouthpiece in its regular column ‘A Nameless Indian Speaks’, said that the rail ministry announced the fare hike in haste and later, when confronted by none other than its own MPs from Maharashtra and BJP’s general secretary Amit Shah (now national president), the rail minister rolled back the increased fares of  Mumbai local trains only, considering the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

“Why did it happen? Why did not the officials and the decision makers in the railway ministry cautioned the government against such an anti-people move? Because their loyalty towards the Congress prevented them from giving the right advice to the railway minister?,” reads the article.

It said Congress, Samajwadi Pary and Left were against the decision and it gave media, intellectuals, political pundits and the Opposition an opportunity to vehemently criticise the Modi government.

In the article, Modi and his ministers have been advised to be “extremely careful” in choosing advisers for their team and they should remember that “these babus have been working for decades with Congress-led governments, and many may still have unquestionable loyalty towards the party”.

“The new government at the Centre, which has often been branded as ‘right-wing’ or a ‘party with nationalistic Hindutva agenda’, would not go down well with these ‘loyal babus’, who are now working for the new government. It may sound bizarre but it is true that at the core of their heart, they would like to serve the Congress ministers rather than the BJP ones,” reads the article. The identity of the writer has not been disclosed.

The article continues with suggestion that Modi needs to be extremely careful of not falling into the trap of ‘ill-advisers’, who may jeopardise the dream that he has seen to make Indian a great and powerful nation.

When contacted, Organiser’s editor Prafulla Ketkar said, “The article is written on the basis of feedback collected from the public and reporters on certain issues. That column is to communicate the voice of common man to the government and the magazine is a medium only.”   The magazine is published by Bharat Prakashn Ltd, Delhi.

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