Political parties protest against hikes in private bus fares



Political parties, with the exception of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and several organizations staged a joint protest in the city on Thursday to oppose the hike in private bus fares and the decision of the Regional Bus Authority. transport (RTA) to authorize it without a public hearing.

The Communist Party of India (Marxists), the Communist Party of India, Congress, Janata Dal (secular), Democratic Federation of Indian Youth (DYFI) and Dalit organizations took part in the protest near the tower of the clock.

The protesters urged Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra to keep the increased tariffs in abeyance and to hold a public hearing immediately. They said that the RTA took a unilateral decision on the matter.

Speaking on the occasion, CPI Unit Secretary Dakshina Kannada (M) Vasantha Achari said ordinary people have been hit hard by inflation, especially rising prices for fuel and commodities. based.

Many people have been hit hard by COVID-19, while others have lost their jobs. And, the wages of many people have been cut. In such a situation, he said, the district administration, without holding a public hearing, acted as an “agent” of the private bus operators with regard to the increase in fares. The parties condemned him, he said.

District Congress Committee spokesperson Abhishek Ullal said the district administration has given private operators the ability to collect tariffs as they wish without consulting people.

CPI (M) Sunil Kumar Bajal South Unit Secretary of Mangaluru City (M) Sunil Kumar Bajal questioned MPs and MP for remaining silent. If the tariffs are not reduced, they will intensify protests across Dakshina Kannada, he said.


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