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Swaraj India protests against Delhi Metro fare hike

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Demanding a rollback of the Metro fare hike, hundreds of volunteers and leaders of the newly-formed political outfit Swaraj on Friday protested against the and central governments at various Metro stations, terming it a "political drama" by the and the

Swaraj workers gathered outside Kirti Nagar, Seelampur, Saket, New Ashok Nagar, Peera Garhi and Janakpuri West Metro stations and raised slogans calling for an end to the "political drama" and rollback of the new fares.

The party's unit president Anupam said: "We have exposed the theatrical protests by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the hike in fares. in collusion with raised the fares and now both are protesting against their own decision. Have you ever seen a bigger hypocrisy than this?"

The Swaraj volunteers as part of their awareness drive against the fare hike talked to hundreds of commuters who use the Metro daily and the majority of them said they were unhappy with the increase in fares.

"Delhiites believe this unjustified hike in fares will have a huge impact on their budget.

Most of the women said that Metro is the only safe public transport in for them, but this increase in the fares compels them to look for alternatives," Anupam said.

"The management of Metro and the decisions related to it are taken jointly by the government and the Union Urban Development Ministry. From the Metro Board to every decision-making committee, there are representatives of the government as well as those of the central government.

"A government's representative was present in the May 8 meeting in which the decision to increase the fares was taken. So why this drama now, Arvind Kejriwalji?" Anupam said, making a veiled attack on the Chief Minister.



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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 22:00 IST