Amit Shah to the rescue: How BJP MPs got rail fare hike rolled back

Just a day after Firstpost reported that BJP general secretary Amit Shah, who has emerged as the front runner in the race for party president, is growing rapidly in clout and stature within the organisation, it has emerged that when Maharashtra's BJP and Shiv Sena MPs wanted to raise their concerns against the railway fare hike, it was Shah who helped them score a partial win.

report in Mumbai Mirror said the BJP MPs from the financial capital chose to first convince Shah of their contention that the hike could prove to be critical for the BJP in Maharashtra and Mumbai.

"Shah then convinced Modi to speak to Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda, who along with the Railway Board top brass worked out a revision in the hike," the report said.

The BJP MPs from Mumbai -- Gopal Shetty, Kirit Somaiya and Poonam Mahajan -- are calling the rollback a major victory. They chose to voice their concern as soon as it became apparent that Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena would not shy away from embarrassing the senior alliance partner over the issue.


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