New Delhi, Oct 13: Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken on Friday started a week-long “Save Metro” campaign in the national capital and wondered if both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are agitating against the fare hike, then who actually increased the fares.
“As the AAP and the BJP’s student’s wing ABVP (sic), both parties are in power, one in the state and the other at Centre, and both are staging protest against the Metro fare hike,” Maken said after kicking off the campaign from Akshardham Metro station.
“Now, I am unable to make out who actually raised the metro fares,” he added.
Senior Congress Leader also advised both parties to stop doing politics on the issue which is directly related to the common man.
Delhi Congress workers across the city also collected signatures of Metro commuters against the fare hike.
Meanwhile, the AAP-led government in Delhi is also opposed the new Metro fares and launched its “Metro Fare Satyagraha” against the hike, at Metro stations across the nation capital.
According to the reports, some of AAP leaders including Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, were later detained and removed from the area by the cops.
The fares were increased for the second time in a year on October 10, despite strong opposition from the AAP-led Delhi government, which had locked horns with the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC).