On first day of Budget session, Cong to protest against hike in rail fare

With aggressive protests, party aims to regain support in capital.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2014 7:57:58 am
Aggressive protests is Delhi Congress’s new strategy.( Express archive ) Aggressive protests is Delhi Congress’s new strategy. ( Source: Express archive )

After two successive defeats in Delhi, the Congress, now reduced to the third place, have devised a new strategy — aggressive street protests. Looking to up the ante before the Budget session begins, the party will protest outside Parliament on Monday against price rise and rail fare hike.

The Delhi Congress said it will protest outside Parliament on Monday — the first day of the Budget session — to demand immediate rollback of rail fare hike. Led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Arvinder Singh Lovely, workers will assemble at 10 am at Jantar Mantar before marching towards Parliament House, the party said on Sunday. The party will continue its protest against the BJP-led Centre’s “failure” to curb the price rise of essential commodities and consumable items.

Party leader Haroon Yusuf alleged that the fare in the Mumbai local trains was reduced in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, even as Delhi sufferred because of the rail fare hike in the capital. “The fare hike in rail freights has led to an all-round price rise. The Centre is trying to divert people’s attention from the price rise by creating a drama of taking action against hoarders,” Yusuf alleged.

“Before coming to power, the Modi government had promised us ‘ache din’. We have nothing but bad days now,” Lovely claimed. His stand was reiterated by AICC general secretary and in-charge of Delhi, Shakeel Ahmed, “The BJP’s influence over people is waning. People in Delhi have realised the mistake they made by voting BJP to power,” he said.

The Congress protests, which will be organised across the city and particularly in areas perceived as strongholds, will focus on the issue of price rise. “The party lost Delhi Assembly elections due to a lack of communication with voters. We are trying to oust the AAP from their position by taking up issues faced by the people of Delhi,” a senior Congress leader said.

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