Bus Fare Hike Reduced Oppn Dubs It As Eyewash

The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday revised bus fares, reducing them marginally, following protests by opposition parties and public, especially students, over the recent hike.

According to an official release, the revision, which will be to a maximum of Rs one, will come into effect from today.

The DMK described the downward cut in bus fares announced by the government as an eyewash and said it would hold state-wide agitations along with alliance parties across the State today.

“We have decided to go ahead with the planned protests on Monday to force the state government to completely withdraw the steep increase in bus fare. The partial reduction in the hiked bus fare is just eyewash,” DMK working president M K Stalin told reporters, at the end of the all party meeting held in the party headquarters.

He also urged the government to release all the students, who were arrested for protesting against the bus fare hike and that all the cases registered against them should be withdrawn.

CPI(M) leader and former MLA A Soundararajan and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President, Su Thirunavukkarasar were among the leaders who took part in the all-party meeting.