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Congress accuses BJP, AAP of playing politics over metro fare hike

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday launched a week-long “Stop Politics, Save Metro” campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro station to expose the alleged ‘street fight’ kind of politics being played out on the issue of metro fare hike between the BJP-led Central government and the AAP government in Delhi.

According to Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, the Centre and the Delhi government have jointly taken the decision to hike the metro fares. “Now, why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal indulging in a public drama on the issue just to fool the people?,” asked Maken.

Maken said the week-long Delhi Congress campaign at various metro stations across Delhi will thoroughly expose the Kejriwal government on the metro fare hike. “The Congress workers will make the people aware of the politics being played between the BJP-led Central government and Kejriwal’s AAP government in Delhi on the issue of metro fare hike,” he said.

Addressing the Congress workers while launching the “Stop Politics, Save Metro” campaign, Maken said Delhi Metro was the pride of the country, and the success of the project has been acknowledged the world over, but the fight between the BJP-led Central government and the AAP government in Delhi was destroying the image of the Delhi Metro.

“During the 10-year rule of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the metro fares were hiked only twice but now it has been hiked twice in one year during the rule of the BJP-led Central government and Kejriwal’s AAP government in Delhi. Why Kejriwal is not replying to this question,” asked Maken.

He further said that third phase of the metro was supposed to have started on a 159 km-long route by the end of September 2016.

“But for the first time, the entire phase is delayed and only 22-km out of 159-km is open even after one year delay,” alleged Maken.

Maken blamed the Delhi government for missing the deadline for Phase IV of the metro project.