He blamed the hike on the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
"There was an exercise by my predecessor to tackle losses... and it was not implemented... How can they now say this (BJP) government is doing something wrong?" Gowda said.
"They had consulted the then prime minister (Manmohan Singh). I have documents where the prime minister has said from May 1, it (rail fare hike) should come into effect," Gowda said in the interview.
Asked about his earlier criticism of previous railway ministers on rail fare hike when the BJP was in opposition, Gowda said: "I haven't criticised him personally, I was in the state, as opposition leader."