New Delhi: The decision of the Ministry of Railways to increase rail fare ahead of budget due on June 25 has sparked controversy from opposition parties across the country.
Since the announcement from the government, most of the parties are on a protesting spree.
All across the nation workers from various political parties like Communist Party of India (CPI), Samajwadi Party (SP) and the main opposition Congress Party have been burning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigies, blocking railway tracks, and holding marches armed with anti Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slogans.
Cities like Allahabad, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Kolkata, Varanasi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and the capital New Delhi had been witnessing protests since morning today.
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and All India Youth Federation (AIYF) in Trivandrum, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) in New Delhi, Youth Congress, Communist Party of India (CPI) in Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam, Samajwadi Party (SP) in Allahabad and Varanasi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Mumbai and Congress in New Delhi and Lucknow are some of those who organized protest meeting.
While protesting, the demonstrators went through water cannons, baton charges and other scuffles with the police.
Political leaders from the opposition accused Narendra Modi for burdening people with the spate of inflation instead of bringing the promised good days.
“There were many slogans which are now echoing in the ears of several Indians. But now things have changed. People voted them as they were assured inflation will not be there. People are feeling robbed now. Now they are asking the government that will good days come in 2019,” said All India Women Congress (AIWC) president Shobha Oza.
“Modi has promised to reduce price rise and control inflation. Congress strongly protests against this decision. Congress will make sure this decision is rolled back,” added another Congress leader Virendra Madan.
The government has increased rail passenger fares by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent, which has led to an outcry by the opposition parties.