Tiruchirapalli, Apr 20: Ilatchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (IDMK) president Vijaya Rajinder today blamed the Opposition parties at the Centre for not raising their voice against the spiralling prices of essential commodities.
Addressing a press conference here, he alleged that while the Left parties staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha in protest against the price rise, other UPA allies, including the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), remained ''silent'' over the issue.
Stating that the adverse effects the price hike that had affected the people in the country would reflect on the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the actor-politician claimed that the IDMK was the fist to raise its voice against the issue, demanding immediate ban on online trade.
Referring to Ms Priyanka Vadra's meeting with Nalini, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, at the Vellore central prison, Mr Rajinder claimed that he was the brain behind the meeting, which would pave way for an amicable settlement to the ethnic Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.
He alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was denying permission to a public meeting, to be organised by him in Chennai in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils, without any valid reasons.
Mr Rajinder also alleged that the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu was deteriorating. The state government remained a ''mute spectator'' to the fact that the banned lottery tickets and 'pan parag' were amply sold everywhere in the state, he charged.