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Protesting Against Delhi Metro Fare Hike, AAP To Conduct 'Satyagraha' From Today

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| October 11 , 2017 , 08:00 IST

The hike in fares of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) came into effect from Tuesday despite widespread protests over the increase in fares for the second time this year.

While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had already protested against the move, calling it 'anti-people', Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is holding a 'Satyagraha' protest on Wednesday against the increase in metro fares.

Gopal Rai, a senior AAP leader said that AAP volunteers would launch the agitation across all city Metro stations at 4 PM on Wednesday and the protests will continue on Thursday and Friday.

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the metro fare hike would only benefit commercial cab operators like Ola and Uber, as with the metro becoming more expensive, commuters would opt for cheaper methods of transport.

On October 13 (Friday), AAP workers will take the protests against the metre fare hikes to the Urban Development Ministry and lay siege to the ministry, party sources said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has slammed the AAP protests, saying that launching 'Satyagraha' is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public.

"Arvind Kejriwal considers himself as the owner of Delhi. If he would have initiated the 'Satyagraha' on the very day when the Metro Fare Fixation Committee held a meeting, then I don't think this move would have been taken into consideration. It is Kejriwal's usual way of lying to the public by coming up with made up names," BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari said.

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"I was against this Metro fare hike but I was shocked when I got to hear that the AAP itself agreed on this decision in the meeting. If Kejriwal would have been thinking of the welfare of the people then he would have taken a wise step which he did not," Tiwari further said.

The DMRC board had told Kejriwal that to put a halt on the fare hike, grant aid of Rs 3,000 crore per annum needed to be paid to DMRC to manage costs and they would keep on hold any hike in passenger fares. Kejriwal agreed to pay half the sum, saying the central government should pay the remaining half.

The centre, on the other hand, has said that the fare increase is necessary as the metro is incurring losses.

Although the metro fare rates had been stable since 2009, they were increased in May this year and once again on Tuesday.