In an unpopular decision, railway passenger fares were on Friday increased by 14.2% in all classes while freight charges were hiked by 6.5% with effect from Friday. The decision of the railways restores an announcement of 16 May, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the same hike was effected but immediately put on hold.
The Narendra Modi led government has sprung surprises one after another. The latest in the store was raising the railway fares and hiking the freight charges. As soon as the hike was announced, politicians across parties pounced on to criticise the move. The Modi government had not even come out of the language controversy and now it has decided to raise fares.
Here’s a list of reactions of politicians across the party lines:
Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress
Ajay Maken, Congress
Gurudas Dasgupta, Communist Party of India
Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal
Manish Tewari, Congress
Naresh Agarwal, Samajwadi Party
Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal United
Sadananda Gowda, Railway Minister