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Delhi Metro fare hike: Congress campaign to ‘expose’ AAP, BJP governments starts

The protest was part of Congress’ weeklong campaign — ‘Kejriwal & BJP, Stop Politics, Save Metro’ — and is being led by the party’s president Ajay Maken.

delhi Updated: Oct 11, 2017 23:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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A number of Delhi Congress workers, led by party president Ajay Maken, converged at Connaught Place on Wednesday evening to protest against the ‘tussle between state and centre governments’ over Metro fare hike. (Handout)

A number of Delhi Congress workers converged at Connaught Place on Wednesday evening to protest against the ‘tussle between state and centre governments’ over Metro fare hike.

The protest was part of Congress’ weeklong campaign — ‘Kejriwal & BJP, Stop Politics, Save Metro’ — and is being led by its president Ajay Maken.

Addressing a gathering near Palika Bazaar in A Block, Maken on Wednesday said, the decision to hike Metro fare was jointly taken by both parties in power—Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Centre.

“Both the parties are now indulging in a public spat just to fool the common man. Our campaign will expose them. The Congress workers will make people aware about the politics being played between the BJP and the AAP governments,” the Congress leader said.

Maken said the state government is adamant on ‘destroying’ a infrastructure which is acknowledged the world over for its efficiency and successful implementation. “During the 10-year rule of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, the Metro fares were hiked only twice. Now, it has been revised twice in a year with the AAP and the BJP in power. In 2002 and 2004, during the fare fixation committee meetings, the Congress was in the Opposition at the Centre but the fare issue was settled amicably,” he said.

Earlier, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari met the Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri and requested him to revise rates for two slabs — 5 to 12km and 12 to 21 —to provide relief to students and senior citizens.

“I apprised the minister about inconvenience being faced by students and elderly travellers,” Tiwari said.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 23:32 IST