Many injured as SP, BJP workers clash in Lucknow over rail fare hike
NEW DELHI: Several
people were injured and many vehicles were reportedly damaged as Samajwadi
Party workers staged demonstration outside BJP office in Lucknow on Saturday.
reports SP workers were protesting the hike in rail fares outside the BJP
office when things turned violent. There were heavy stone pelting and the
Samajwadi Party workers tore down posters outside the party office. Some BJP
workers were also injured in the clashes.
At the same time,
BJP workers have claimed that there was hardly any police presence near the BJP
office. Meanwhile, protests were also witnessed in Allahabad, Varanas, Kanpur
SP workers blocked
the railway tracks and burnt effigies of Narendra Modi and Railway Minister
Sadanand Gowda while protesting the ‘steep’ hike in rail fares announced by the
government in its first tough steps to revive the economy.
workers burnt Modi’s effigy in front of the Kashi Railway station in his home
turf Varanasi and shouted slogans. In Lucknow, Congress workers led by former
district president Amit Srivastava Tyagi staged a demonstration in front of
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.
Tyagi said, “the PM
had promised people to cut down inflation but the rail fare hike has exposed
him and his party.” He said the move will have an adverse effect upon the
people who are already battling relentless price rise.
Pradesh Congress Committee termed the move as “betrayal” by the NDA-led Union
government and announced that it would stage a state-wide dharna on Sunday. Scores
of flag-waving angry SP protesters in Allahabad thronged Prayag Railway station
this morning, shouted slogans and blocked railway traffic, forcing the
Ganga-Gomti passenger train to halt for close to half-an-hour.
SP spokesperson Dan
Bahadur Singh slammed the hike, saying it tantamount to “betrayal” of trust
that the people of the country had placed in the BJP.
Congress leader Pradeep Mathur said, “the unprecedented hike in freight rates
would lead to overall price rise.” “BJP in its Lok Sabha election campaign had
stressed upon good governance. However, it is otherwise.”
Kanpur, Congress workers held placards, shouted slogans and burnt Union Railway
Minister’s effigy demanding an immediate rollback in the fares. Meanwhile,
Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday told reporters in
Lucknow that the hike decision was necessary for the Railways, which was
incurring huge losses and said the decision had been taken by the previous UPA
regime as part of interim rail budget.