Mumbai's local train commuters might see a fare hike as the ministry of railways is planning to change the price of the monthly season ticket (MST).
The recent move by the railway ministry to hike rail fares across India resulted in a large number of protests, with even NDA ally Shiv Sena opposing the hike.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today lashed out at the Centre for rising inflation and increasing rail fare and demanded immediate withdrawal of the rail hike.
Amit Shah has already emerged as the frontrunner for the post of party president, he now also appears to be gaining clout in the party.
Congress workers on Wednesday staged '<em>rail roko</em>' in various parts of Maharashtra, excluding Mumbai, to protest the train fare hike.
The railways announced relief in monthly season tickets and second class suburban fares.
Queues continued to be long at season ticket counters even as political parties staged protests against rail fare hike.
Maharashtra Congress tonight said that it would continue its protest until the Union Government rolls back the railway fare hike entirely.
Senior Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal asked the ruling party if increase in railway fares and freight charges will bring good days promised by them.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded roll-back of the "unprecedented, anti-people" rail fare hike.
If the NDA embraces market reforms it may get short-term "bad" inflation; if it does not, it will get something endemic - "worse" inflation. This is the main lesson it should learn from the UPA's economic failures
"The hike in fares is thrust upon us by UPA government. It is the result of the misplaced populism of the UPA's 10-year misrule. The railways are bleeding. Former Railway Minister (Mallikarjuna) Kharge had sought and received approval of the PM (for hike) ahead of interim budget," Naidu said.
Sena has used the rail fare hike as an opportunity to embarrass the city BJP, which was itself caught off guard by the hike.
The BJP did not cover itself in glory by first taking the bold decision to raise railway fares and freight and then slinking away, blaming the UPA for it. The party must take political ownership of this move, and Modi must lead the reform agenda
Another round of fare hike in premier trains looks imminent with Railways revising food tariffs for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains.
"DMK will not support any hike that will hit the poor," party chief M Karunanidhi said when reporters asked him about the railway fare hike announced by P K Bansal yesterday.
The steps the government has taken now and those in the offing should make the Reserve Bank of India happy, which will result in a rate cut this month or at least in March.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday criticised the hike in rail fare terming it "anti-people" and questioned whether it was ethical for the government to do so before the budget.