Terming the rail fare hike as anti-people, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati demanded its immediate rollback. “Hike in railway fares was one of the many anti-common man policies of the government. We demand immediate rollback of the government decision,” Miss. Mayawati Ji said.
“After hiking the price of petrol, diesel and LPG the UPA government has now raised the fare of railways making travel costlier for poor and middle-class people as they will be the worst effected… Center has hiked the fare of all the classes which is not in interest of people and BSP demands it to be withdrawn,”Miss. Mayawati ji said.
Alleging that the Center has done “Congressikaran” of the Railways, she said that earlier when the department was with the alliance partners of the UPA it had escaped the wrong economic policies of the Congress.
“But by hiking the fares just month and a half before the budget , it (Congress) has given yet another example of its arbitrariness,” she said.
In the pre-budget measure, the government had announced an across-the-board increase in rail passenger fares with effect from January 21 to net an additional Rs 6,600 crore a year, the first such increase in a decade.
Calling the hike “anti-people”,Miss. Mayawati said it would be prudent for the Congress-led government to cancel the new fares before they come into effect on January 21 midnight.
On the brutal killing of two soldiers by Pakistani Army in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the BSP chief said that beside the Indian government, Pakistan too needs to take the incident seriously so that problems between the two nations does not escalate.
“I believe that there is a need to take concrete action after going into the details of the incident in Poonch so that such cases do not recur”, Miss. Mayawati ji said.
The BSP chief also said that the Center should extend financial assistance to the family of the soldiers and Ministry of Defence should initiate steps to give jobs to their widows in keeping with their capability.
On law and order situation in UP, she said that a memorandum was handed over to Governor B L Joshi by her party but no action has been taken so far.
On death caused by intense cold, she said that it was the result of the state government’s apathy.
“State government only makes announcements there is nothing on the ground”,she added.
The BSP’s 21 members in the Lok Sabha and 15 in the Rajya Sabha.