Protest march against Air India fare hike

Published: 29th September 2012 12:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2012 12:11 PM   |  A+A-

“The present state government and the ministers in it are more interested in lining their pockets than finding solutions to people’s problems,” Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan has said.

He was inaugurating the CPM protest meet against the recent cancellation of Air India flights to gulf sectors and hiking its fares.

“There are lakhs of expatriate Malayalees working in the gulf, and they bring in foreign currency worth crores of rupees. But the state government, more than solving their problems, is set to exploit them,” he added.

The protest march, taken out to the Air India office at the airport, was stopped at the airport gates by the police.

“Realising Air India’s nonchalant attitude towards the expatriate Malayalees, other airlines are also cashing in on the situation by hiking their fares. As the state government is not coming forward to solve the issues, the Central Government should take up the issue urgently,” said Achuthanandan.

“We have no trust in the state government,” VS added.

He also said that the state and Centre are supporting each other by hiking fares indiscriminately, and the people have to bear the burden.

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