Congress for reducing transport fares in Himachal

Shimla: In the face of petrol and diesel prices having been reduced, the state congress party has asked the state government to roll back bus fares to provide relief to commuters using public transport services.

Kudeep Rathore, congress spokesman speaking to the media said that the chief minister while opposing the opposition demand for hiking bus fares has stated the government would do so when diesel prices would fall.

Rathore said that the prices have fallen and it was time for the chief minister to honour commitments.

Prices of petrol have been slashed by Rs 5 per litre and diesel by Rs 2 per litre and now the government should act to reduce fares and provide much needed relief to the people, he said.

The central government has taken steps to reduce prices and now the onus was on the state government to follow suit, he added.

The congress spokesman sought a reduction in VAT on petroleum products to further reduce prices of the commodity that would help to check inflation.

The congress spokesman took the BJP and its associate organisations to task over their stand on Mumbai terror attack.

Instead of putting up a united front to face the terrorist, they were holding demonstrations.

Unlike the NDA government, which failed to take stern action against militants, our government not only countered the attack effectively but also has garnered support from the world community. Pakistan is under pressure for the first time, which reflects success of the foreign policy pursued by the UPA government, he said.

About the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll, Rathore said that BJP was in disarray. “The BJP leadership is busy issuing notices to rival leader for opposing candidature of senior leaders, he pointed out.

The congress was geared to face the poll and a cadre training camp would be held soon, informed the congress spokesman.

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