AAP lashes out at Centre for rising inflation and rail fare hike

The party also wanted the central govenment to reconsider the decision of a possible hike in gas prices.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2014 7:15 pm
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal with party leader Prashant Bhushan during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with party leader Prashant Bhushan during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre for rising inflation and increasing rail fare and demanded immediate withdrawl of the rail hike.

The party also wanted the central govenment to reconsider the decision of a possible hike in gas prices.

“Before the elections you (Narendra Modi) had promised the people of the country that after coming to power you will bring down the prices and reduce corruption. However, during the past one month, instead of reducing prices and taking steps to curb corruption, prices of many essential commodities have been increased leading to public outrage.”

“It is being seen that your government is resorting to increasing prices without eradicating corruption and this will not solve any problem. The extra money generated from such hikes is pilferaged,” AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that instead of hiking the rail fare to provide better facilities, the government should have taken steps to curb corruption in the system.

“The government logic is that to provide better facilities, fares have been hiked. But how can we accept this argument? Every government gives this faulty logic to justify the price hike. However, it’s been seen that despite regular fare hikes, facilities in railways have only deteriorated.

“It would have been better had your government deferred the railway fare hike for a year or six months atleast, and instead should have taken some strong measures to curb corruption in railways,” the letter stated.

The former Delhi Chief Minister also slammed the government’s proposed move to increase gas price and alleged that such a move would only benefit Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance.

“We had apprehended earlier only that after the elections the prices of natural gas will be doubled. We sincerely request you not to hike gas prices which will only benefit Mukesh Ambani and the people will be further burdened by rising prices,” the letter added.

In his letter, Kejriwal added that a unit of gas from Reliance costs Dollar 4.205 while the RIL spends less than a dollar on production of one unit of gas and reaps a profit of more than 325 per cent.

“NICCO is RIL’s partner in gas production. Its statement for the financial year ending on 31 December 2012 submitted to the Canadian government, show that NICCO was incurring a cost of $ .43 to $ .74 per unit of gas on excavation with the RIL.

Papers show that NICCO and RIL were earning a profit of $ 3.02 to $ 3.31 per unit of gas after deducting the royalties etc.

“A letter by the RIL to the government of India on May 22, 2009 in which the company itself conceded that the cost of production comes to $ .8945 per unit of gas,” Kejriwal said.

The AAP leader added that RIL had also conceded before the High Court that by even selling gas at $ 2.34, it would get a good profit.

“At that time the exchange rate for dollar was Rs 47.4. This means the RIL was to get around Rs 111 from NTPC for per unit of gas sold. And it had itself conceded that it was getting profit even at that rate.

“Today the exchange rate for dollar is Rs 60.2. This means that at today’s rate the RIL is getting Rs 252.8 per unit. It’s not difficult to comprehend that if the RIL was making a good profit in 2009 by selling gas at Rs 110.9 per unit, taking into account even the rate of inflation today, how much profit the RIL is making by getting a rate of Rs. 252.8 per unit,” the letter said.

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    Vani
    Jun 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm
    Awaz genuine cheezon pe uthaein toh samaj aata hai . It takes time to balance out the economy and esp the harm Congress has made in 15 yrs, u expect that in one month?! And Btw did your AK49 acknowledge the reforms Mr PM brought in? Like abolishing the GoMs etc? No right coz this aaptard is here to spread only negativity!
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      Vani
      Jun 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm
      Can someone tell these s inflation can be brought down gradually, they are ranting like congressi, plus u don't have any right to ess one month progress, he is not here to dole out subsidies and say he fulfilled the promises like u did!
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        abhamish mishra
        Jun 26, 2014 at 9:12 am
        AAP and his bhakts are the biggest s in the world
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          James Bond
          Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm
          Till now Mr.Arvind Kejriwal was in hiding.Now he started his old tricks blaming everone except his party members.
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            Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
            Jun 26, 2014 at 10:05 am
            Ab koi awaz bhi na karen kisi cheez ke khilaf :-)... karne dijiye, its good for democracy.. keeps govt on its edge.
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              Dibyasha Pattnaik
              Jun 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm
              Salute to the only person in india who have guts to stand against Corruption & Voice for common man.
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                Viswa Gi
                Jun 26, 2014 at 3:28 am
                When a new specialist Doctor sees that an earlier infection may lead to death and a antibiotics have to be started immediately, he cannot wait for another 6 months for the patient to get more critical. Similar is the case with Dr. NaMo's action for revival of Indian economy.
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                  Nitesh Seth
                  Jun 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm
                  Gas price rise again postponed for three months...All credit goes to AAP and AK...
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                    Raj Kv
                    Jun 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm
                    good to see atleast some guts to cover the right news
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