DMDK women's wing organises demonstration on power failure

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Chennai, Nov 16 (UNI) The women's wing of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), headed by actor-politician and founder-president Vijaykanth, today organised demonstrations throughout Tamil Nadu, protesting against power cuts and rise in prices of essential commodities and vegetables.

In the city, Vijayakanth's wife Premalatha Vijayakanth led the agitation, held in front of the Chennai District Collectorate.

Addressing the agitators, Ms Vijayakanth said women have taken to the streets, protesting against the price rise, as they were bearing the brunt.

The rise in prices of vegetables and other essentials has badly hit the poor and middle class families in the State, but the Governments, both the Centre and the State, have not taken any step to contain the spiralling prices, she alleged.

To symbolically demonstrate that the prices of vegetables have touched new heights, Ms Vijayakanth tied her eyes with a black cloth and weighed the vegetables with gold in a scale.

Adding to the woes were the power cuts in the State, she said, adding, in the olden days, people predicted the time by looking at the sun. Now power cuts come in handy for them. The price rise and power cuts have put the people to innumerable hardships, she added.

Referring to reports that there were irregularties to the tune of Rs 68,000 crore in the Spectrum License issue, she said this could have been averted, had the Centre adopted a transparent auctioning system.

Similar agitations were held in several other parts of the State, including Erode, Salem, Madurai, Perambalur. Virudhunagar, Nagercoil and Tirunelveli.

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