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Will not increase fares, will electrify all trains: Lalu Prasad

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CELEBRATION TIME: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad cuts a cake to celebrate his birthday in Patna on Sunday. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar
CELEBRATION TIME: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad cuts a cake to celebrate his birthday in Patna on Sunday. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

New Delhi: Unperturbed over diesel price hike, which would be costing an additional Rs 422 crore to the Railways, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said he would not increase fares rather intensify efforts to electrify all trains.

"I will not increase fares. I am looking for an alternative. We will electrify all trains so that diesel issue does not arise in Railways,'' Mr.Yadav told reporters before leaving for Patna.

On Saturday night, Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders and Union Ministers P.C. Gupta, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Kanti Singh and party MPs Jayprakash Yadav, Mutiur Rehman and Saroj Dube celebrated the pre-birthday bash of their party chief, which also coincided with a `kavi sammelan' (poets' meet), at his residence on Tughlaq Road here.

On being asked his age,Mr.Yadav said he was not aware of his real date of birth. ``It could be 60 or 62. May be 48 or 65 or even 55. What is my real date of birth is not known,'' he said. On the promises made to the poor and downtrodden, particularly on the `Garib Rath' train providing AC coaches at cheaper rates, the Railway Minister said it would be launched on October 2 this year. PTI

Our Patna Special Correspondent writes: It was gala time at 10 Circular Road with RJD workers celebrating the 59th birthday of the Railway Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Mr. Prasad was given a rousing welcome on his arrival from Delhi. It was garlands at the airport and at the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi it was cakes of various shapes and sizes.


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