Opposition demands fare hike rollback

Congress waves Modi’s old letter slamming UPA for similar hike

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 21, 2014 1:16:01 am

The Narendra Modi government Friday came under sharp attack from the Opposition, particularly the Congress and the Left, after it hiked railway  fare and freight rates days ahead of the Railway budget.

The Congress waved a letter that Modi as Gujarat Chief minister had written in 2013 to the then PM Manmohan Singh opposing a similar hike.

The CPM targeted the government for having effected the hike “behind the back of Parliament”, while TMC said it now seemed that “roney wale din aa gaye hain (difficult times have come)”.

Going on an offensive against the BJP government, the Congress asked whether the “steep hike” was Modi’s gift to the people, who voted him to  power believing his “acche din aane wale hain (good days ahead)” poll slogan.

AICC general secretary and head of its communication department Ajay Maken said, “The hike comes at a time when the prices of onions and potatoes have skyrocketed. Also, there is concern about delay in monsoon and the ongoing problem is Iraq is also having an effect on global crude prices. This hike will have affect prices of food items, coal and hence we strongly condemn it.”

The CPM called the hike “a cruel blow to the working people who have been victims of relentless price hikes in the years of Congress misrule.”

In a statement TMC national spokesman Derek O Brien said: “Is this a super Rail budget before Rail budget? Not bothering about the Parliament… The prices of essential commodities will now shoot up. Before they came to power, they said acche din aane wale hain. But now it seems roney wale din aa gaye hain”.

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