Mamata rakes up demands for rail fare hike roll-back

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday termed the hike in rail fares as ‘unprecedented and anti-people’ and demanded its roll back in the interest of common people.

Hundreds of her party supporters also today hit the streets as part of a week-long agitation against the hike in passenger and freight fares.

The state Assembly today also passed a resolution moved by state parliamentary affairs and education minister Partha Chatterjee seeking withdrawal of the fare hike which was supported by the Left, the Congress and the SUCI.

Participating in the debate on the resolution in the assembly the chief minister said the decision to hike rail fare and freight rates had created problems for the masses.

The increase in rail fare means increase in prices of all commodities. The decision will have an impact on the pockets which in turn will affect the kitchen of common man, she said.
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