The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the all-round hike in rail fares announced by the railway minister. The hike in the fares of second class, sleeper and suburban fares is particularly unjustified as they will burden the ordinary people who are already suffering from all-round price rise.
The railway minister has shown contempt for parliament by announcing these fare hikes just a month before the railway budget is to be placed in parliament.
The Polit Bureau demands the withdrawal of the fare hikes in all categories except the top two classes – AC I and AC II.
The Polit Bureau calls upon all its Party units to organize protests against the new burden being imposed on the people.