UPA, DMK indifferent to the plight of people alleges Jaya

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Chennai, Jul 3 (UNI) The opposition AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today alleged that DMK government in the state and Congress led UPA government at the Centre for being indifferent to the plight of people due to shortage of petrol and diesel in the state.

In a statement here, she alleged that when the people of the state could not lead a normal life due to the fuel crisis, the Centre was desperate in saving its government, while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was busy participating in official functions and watching previews.

She said after the Centre hiked the fuel prices, the oil companies cut the supply of ordinary petrol and diesel, forcing consumers to pay Rs three to five, over and above the hike in prices of petrol and diesel -Rs five and Rs three, respectively.

Adding to the woes, was a severe shortage of petrol and diesel in the state for the past three days, but neither the Centre nor the DMK government seemed to have taken any step to address the issue, she alleged.

Many areas in the state witnessed severe traffic problems as vehicles formed long queues in front of the pumping stations.

The diesel crisis also affected school going children as school buses and vans could not be run, she said.

This has posed a serious question, whether the Congress led UPA government and the DMK government were functioning, she said and wondered why the fuel crisis should hit Tamil Nadu alone.

Ms Jayalalithaa also alleged that when the people were suffering due to spiralling prices and high rate of inflation, Union Finance minister P Chidambaram has chosen to participate in a function in his Sivaganga constituency.

The government also did not seem to bother about the truck strike, which has led to spiralling of prices of vegetables and other commodities, she charged.

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