Staff Reporter

Visits temple town to get grandson’s head tonsured

‘Petroleum hike has cost railways over 600 cr.’

TIRUMALA: The Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday categorically stated that there will not be any increase in the railway fares and freight charges.

Talking to media persons the Minister who had come to Tirumala along with his wife Rabri Devi and other family members to get his grandson Aditya’s head tonsured said that the recent hike in the petroleum charges no doubt has cost the Indian railways to the tune of over Rs.600 crore but it does not mean that the train fares should be increased.

Attributing the hike to the increase in the crude oil prices in the International market he said nevertheless he was personally pained at the increase in the oil prices.

When asked for his reaction to the BJP’s victory in the neighbouring State of Karnataka he reacted sternly and said that it was the former Prime Minister Deve Gowda who suffered the defeat but not the Congress party.

Further Mr. Lalu Prasad said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) party always had maintained good relations with the Congress party and will continue it even in the future and at the same time brushed aside the rumours of the formation of the Third Front at the Centre.

Later in the evening he offered prayers at the temple of Lord Venkateswara along with his family members. He will stay overnight at the temple town will leave the place on Saturday.