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SP, BJP workers clash in Lucknow over rail fare hike; protests across Uttar Pradesh

Protests were also witnessed in Allahabad, Varanas, Kanpur and Mathura.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2014 9:51 pm
Congress supporters protesting the proposed hike in railway fares in front of Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. (Source: PTI) Congress supporters protesting the proposed hike in railway fares in front of Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. (Source: PTI)

Several people were injured and many vehicles were reportedly damaged as Samajwadi Party workers staged demonstration outside BJP office in Lucknow on Saturday.

According to reports SP workers were protesting the hike in rail fares outside the BJP’s office when things turned violent. There were heavy stone pelting and the Samajwadi Party workers tore down posters outside the party office. Some BJP workers were also injured in the clashes.

At the same time, BJP workers have claimed that there was hardly any police presence near the BJP office.

Meanwhile, protests were also witnessed in Allahabad, Varanas, Kanpur and Mathura.

SP workers blocked the railway tracks and burnt effigies of Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda while protesting the ‘steep’ hike in rail fares announced by the government in its first tough steps to revive the economy.

Samajwadi Party workers burnt Modi’s effigy in front of the Kashi Railway station in his home turf Varanasi and
shouted slogans.

In Lucknow, Congress workers led by former district president Amit Srivastava Tyagi staged a demonstration in front of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.

Tyagi said, “the PM had promised people to cut down inflation but the rail fare hike has exposed him and his party.”

He said the move will have an adverse effect upon the people who are already battling relentless price rise.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee termed the move as “betrayal” by the NDA-led Union government and announced that it would stage a state-wide dharna on Sunday.

Scores of flag-waving angry SP protesters in Allahabad thronged Prayag Railway station this morning, shouted slogans
and blocked railway traffic, forcing the Ganga-Gomti passenger train to halt for close to half-an-hour.

SP spokesperson Dan Bahadur Singh slammed the hike, saying it tantamount to “betrayal” of trust that the people of the
country had placed in the BJP.

In Mathura, Congress leader Pradeep Mathur said, “the unprecedented hike in freight rates would lead to overall price rise.”

“BJP in its Lok Sabha election campaign had stressed upon good governance. However, it is otherwise.”

In Kanpur, Congress workers held placards, shouted slogans and burnt Union Railway Minister’s effigy demanding an immediate rollback in the fares.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday told reporters in Lucknow that the hike decision was necessary for the Railways, which was incurring huge losses and said the decision had been taken by the previous UPA regime as part of interim rail budget.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Ashok Sridharan
    Jun 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    How else to protest, but by unleashing violence and delaying trains? The Congress and SP are protesting problems caused for the common man by causing even more inconvenience.
    1. A
      Jun 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      why we have losses from railways when trains are running full. Mr Modi, cut down the expenses. Increases taxes do not help. Learn fro Reagan.
      1. Rajesh Yadav
        Jun 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm
        No point in protesting fare hike, same would have happened if congress won elections. Money does not grow on trees, government has to make tough decisions to correct the mistakes of previous government.
        1. S
          Jun 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm
          Indian Railway belongs to the country. This is not the private property of any party. If the government has decided to hike fair, this is not going to benefit any individual, this benefit will go to the country. Railway will have more money for new rail lines,faster and better and safer trains. But does congress want this? They wanted to bankrupt the railways in the name of lower fair. Half of India needs new rail lines, the other half needs better connectivity. Users have to pay for better services, we can't afford to let our public sector companies die. Increasing fair is better than having no train.