Kolkata: with the Trinamool Congress demanding a rollback in the hike in rail passenger fare, party Chief Whip Sobhandeb Chattopadhay on Wednesday said that he was sure that there was a directive from the party not to increase it.
"Till yesterday I knew that the fares will not be hiked. May be Dinesh Trivedi thinks that what he has done as the railway minister is correct.
But I am sure there was a directive from the party not to increase the fare. The party has made him a minister. I think he should not have opposed the directive of the party," Chattopadhay said.
He said that in the last year`s budget presented by Mamata Banerjee as railway minister she had emphasized mobilisation of resources by commercially developing
unutilised railway land through the PPP model. "She never wanted to put the burden on the common people," Chattopadhay said.