AAP's 'satyagraha' against Metro fare hike another hoax: BJP

AAP MLAs show their Metro smart cards at Delhi Assembly on Tuesday. The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday announced it would launch a protest from Wednesday evening at all the metro stations demanding rollback of the fare hike

Metro fares go up, commuters react sharply (Lead)

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today geared up for an agitation against a hike in Delhi Metro fares, nearly double in some cases, amid a public backlash against the steep increase.

Delhi BJP unit president Manoj Tiwari criticised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for hoodwinking the public by using fancy terms like "satyagraha".

"Kejriwal is not concerned about the welfare of people". Delhi government has been vehemently opposing the fare increase with Kejriwal calling the move "anti-people". So they feel the Delhi Metro fare hikes need more scrutiny.Samedha Arora, a student of Kalindi College, says, "We often complain about hikes in prices of petrol and diesel, but it's high time that we started debating over Delhi Metro fare hikes, especially when it's an important mode of commute for Delhiites". He is taking the janta for a ride.

Addressing the Congress workers while launching the "Stop Politics, Save Metro" campaign, Maken said Delhi Metro was the pride of the country, and the success of the project has been acknowledged the world over, but the fight between the BJP-led Central government and the AAP government in Delhi was destroying the image of the Delhi Metro.

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The BJP leader also accused the Kejriwal government of not standing up for the larger good of the public. "If the government was so concerned about the people's good, it would have taken steps to reduce Value-Added Tax when other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra were doing it", Tiwari complained. Kejriwal wrote that the commission may be directed to examine these and all other related matters and for this goal, it may call for relevant records and meet with officials concerned from DMRC and Delhi government. Kejriwal and his cabinet have been mounting relentless pressure on the rail corporation to roll back the new fares. The Urban Development Ministry is likely to reduce the fares in two slabs - 5-12 km and 12-21 km - by Rs 5 each, sources said on Wednesday.

"What made them increase the fare twice in the same year when there was no hike for eight years?" Its time DMRC increases its efficiency to remain a popular mode of transport rather than focus on increasing its fares.

The centre, on the other hand, has said that the fare increase is necessary as the metro is incurring losses.

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