The president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee and former Minister of State for Railways Adhir Rajnan Chowdhury led a protest rally in the city demanding an immediate roll back of increased fares.
Mr. Chowdhury dubbed the increase in fare hike as “anti-people” and said that bad days were ahead for the people under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at Centre.
“The way the rail fare has been increased is not right. It will put added burden on the people’s life and livelihood. The central government should immediately roll back the decision,” he said. “Within one month of forming the government they have taken such an anti-people decision. We have information that within days to come many more anti-people policies are likely to be implemented,” Mr Chowdhury said, taking a dig at the BJP’s ‘Ache Din’ slogan.
“Narendra Modi after coming to power had said that good days are here. But now it seems that bad days are here,” he added.
Commenting on the accident of Rajdhani Express in Bihar, he said that the Centre should ensure passenger safety instead of making political rhetoric. Meanwhile there were protests in different parts of the State over the fare hike. The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) held protests at Purulia and Berhampore Railway Stations.
The supporters of the party also blocked Railway lines in the State’s North 24 Parganas and South 24 parganas district.
In certain areas passengers protested against the protests and forced those squatting on the tracks to lift the blockade.