Members of the BJP district unit staged a protest here on Monday, condemning the hike in bus fares announced by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), recently.

Addressing the protesters, the former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa said that the hike in bus fares would be a burden on the common people. The KSRTC had cited the increase in diesel price and enhancement of dearness allowance for its staff as the reasons for increasing the bus fares. Instead of increasing the fares, the KSRTC could overcome the financial burden by improving the efficiency of its operation and plugging pilferage. The BJP would launch an agitation in the coming days, if the government did not roll back the hike, immediately, he said. The prices of all essential commodities skyrocketed during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime at the Centre. Voters would teach a lesson to the Congress in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Members of the Shimoga City Corporation N.J. Rajashekhar, S. Ramu and many BJP functionaries participated.

‘Roll back bus fare hike’

Mandya Staff Correspondent reports:

Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday staged a protest near Sri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar Circle on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway here against the steep hike in the bus fares announced by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.

The recent hike in bus fares had come as a rude shock to the people. Commuters were already paying high fares in KSRTC buses.

Describing the hike as anti-people, they urged the State government to roll back the hike immediately. BJP Mandya unit president H. Honnappa, K. Naganna, Mallikarjun, N.K. Krishna, Siddaraju and others participated.