BJP's Tamil Nadu allies, DMDK and MDMK, also sought a rollback of the fare revision. (Agencies)
Karunanidhi said the hike came close on the heels of issues like Sri Lankan Navy's continued action against Indian fishermen, New Delhi's 'relationship' with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakase and a hike in diesel price.
This showed there was no change in the Centre's approach on such matters though a new party was in power, he added.
"The BJP came to power promising that the wrong precedents set by the previous government would be set right..... The urgency shown in hiking passenger fare by 14.2 percent will greatly impact the poor and middle classes," he said in a statement.
He also referred to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking a rollback of the hike and said that not just her but all the political parties had opposed this move.
Taking this into account, the Centre should immediately withdraw the increase ‘to ease the burden on common people and prevent the increase in prices of essential commodities’.
DMDK founder Vijayakant said the ‘wrong economic policies’ of the UPA had resulted in increase in prices of fuel and essential commodities and thus affected the people.
With railway passenger fare and freight charges also being hiked in the last one year, yesterday's revision would further propel the prices of essential commodities, he said in a statement.
"This will further impact the poor. Therefore, I request that the fare hike be reconsidered," he said.
MDMK leader Vaiko also made a plea on the same grounds.
In one of the biggest hikes, the railways on Friday raised passenger fares by 14.2 percent for all classes and increased freight rates by 6.5 percent to garner Rs 8000 crore annually through the pre-budget decision.
The decision, which will come into effect from 25th June and apply on basic fare, comes nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country should be ready for tough decisions.
Due to the hike, a passenger will now have to shell out Rs 4,354 for a journey between Delhi and Kolkata by AC-I on Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani, instead of Rs 3,813.
Travel by AC-II on the same train will cost Rs 2,508 instead of Rs 2,197 and by AC-I, it will cost Rs 1,728 instead of Rs 1,514.
Journey between Delhi and Mumbai by Rajdhani will cost Rs 4,073 instead of Rs 3,567 in AC-I, Rs 2,357 instead of Rs 2,064 in AC-II and Rs 1,617 instead of Rs 1,416 in AC-III.
Travel between Delhi and Chennai by Delhi-Chennai Rajdhani will now cost Rs 4,673 instead of Rs 5,430 in AC-I, Rs 3,129 instead of Rs 2,740 in AC-II and Rs 2,119 instead of Rs 1,856 in AC-III.
BJP's Tamil Nadu allies, DMDK and MDMK, also sought a rollback of the fare revision.