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Hike in bus fares under mounting pressure from dominant transport mafia: Prof Baljinder Kaur

Chandigarh, August 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has severely criticized the state government’s decision to hike bus fares.

Reacting sharply to the proposed raise in the fares, party’s chief spokesperson, Prof Baljinder Kaur and Rupinder Kaur Ruby (Both MLAs) said the Captain Government had raised the bus fares under the mounting pressure of private transport mafia active in the state, stating the step would burn a big hole in everyone’s pocket.

In a joint statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Saturday, Prof Baljinder Kaur and Rupinder Kaur Ruby, said the proposed step was to benefit the Badals indirectly, the top transport mafia lords in the state. The example are a dime a dozen, they said.

The AAP leaders further said that the state government had been trying to scuttle the probe into the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari and Behbal Kalan and taking a lenient view in a slew of other cases related to sand mafia, drug mafia, cable and transport mafia was reflective of the mutual bonhomie of the Captain-Badal duo, saying that AAP had raised these issues in and outside the Assembly but nothing had come out except for slamming the Badals for their dubious role, again and again.

The AAP leaders said that if Captain Amrinder Singh was really at bailing out the public transport from the losses, he should have, instead of hiking the bus fares, swooped on the Badals plying their fleets in outside the state on prominent and profitable routes, saying that employees of PRTC, PUNBUS and Punjab Roadways had been crying hoarse over the open ‘goondagardi’, but nobody have ever heard them.

The AAP legislators said that the proposed raise in bus fare was set to benefit the Badals as under the proposed revision in fares, the fare of super integral AC coaches had been raised 80 to 100 per cent compared to PRTC and Punjab Roadways buses’ They have also sought the formation of a high-powered committee under the supervision of members of Punjab Assembly and roll back on the hiked bus fare.

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