Nitish Kumar flays Modi Govt for announcing rail hike before budget

His reaction came in the wake of Narendra Modi government increasing railway passenger fare by 14.2 per cent.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Published:June 20, 2014 6:46 pm
Former Railway Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. (Source: PTI) Former Railway Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. (Source: PTI)

Former Railway Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Friday criticised Narendra Modi government for promoting a “bad tradition” of announcing hike in Railway fare and freight before presentation of Railway budget in Parliament.

“They are promising the country that ‘Achye deen aa gaye hain’ (good days have come) and promoting bad tradition,” Kumar told reporters.

His reaction came in the wake of Narendra Modi government increasing railway passenger fare by 14.2 per cent in all classes and freight by 6.5 per cent with effect from today.

Kumar, who served as Railway minister in the NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said, “I presented five Railway budget and always followed tradition of announcing roadmap of railway including proposal for increasing fare and freight in Parliament through budget.”

“When UPA government in the recent past had announced increase in Railway fare and freight before presentation of Railway budget it was the same BJP which had made hue and cry….Now they are doing the same and promoting a bad tradition,” he said, taking a potshots at BJP-led government at the Centre.

Kumar described 14.2 per cent hike in fare and 6.5 per cent in freight as a “big increase” which he said would further lift prices of essential commodities.

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    Damodaran Churicode
    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:12 am
    The present situation in the Railways are the result of misruling by the party and its coteries in their government which have compelled to the present announcement of hike in penger fare and freight charges.The people of this country are realising facts and ready to sacrifice for the sake of good governance under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. If Mr. Modi has taken such a stand there must be some reasons to that.There is no point of a show by making crocodile tears for the people of this country by anyone who did not understand the sufferigs of the fellow citizens, like Mr. Nitish Kumar and company.If he was sincere to the salt he was taking during his ministership, he should have taken necessary steps to improve the status and standard of the Railways and not ending to the present state of bleeding
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      S
      Jun 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm
      Now you are no right against modi govt. You are a leader benefited by only BJP. You never achieve with BJP support. your minority card now cannot success. people of Bihar .never fails their thoughts
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