Criticism of UPA nothing to do with electoral tie-ups: Jaya

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Chennai, Jan 19 (PTI) Remaining non-committal on theissue of alliance for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, AIADMKchief Jayalalithaa today said her criticism of the UPAgovernment had nothing to do with the issue of electoraltie-ups.

"Whenever the Central government''s action was againstpublic interest, the AIADMK never hesitated to voice itscriticism. This has got nothing to do with electoralalliance," she told reporters here.

Jayalalithaa was responding to reporters'' queriesabout her criticism of the UPA in recent days including herslamming of Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for hisstatements against the CAG on estimates of losses due to 2Gspectrum allocation.

Asked if the "doors were shut" on AIADMK-Congressalliance, she shot back, "I never said there was an alliance"and refused to talk more on the issue.

Jayalalithaa had made a sensational offer in Novemberto extend AIADMK''s support to Congress in the event of DMK''sexit from UPA on the issue of taking action against formertelecom minister A Raja regarding the spectrum scam.

She described as "highly condemnable" Sibal''scriticism of CAG estimates of 2G spectrum losses and said itwas against the constitution, as the Comptroller and AuditorGeneral of India was a constitutional authority.

Sibal''s remarks amounted to contempt of court asSupreme Court was looking into the case based on the CAGreport, she said.

Slamming the DMK for "failing" on various accountsincluding "deteriorating" law and order, power cuts and pricerise, she said the "anti-people and autocratic dynasty" rulewill be overthrown in the coming elections due in May.

"Overall, there is no safety to life and property andpolice is not acting against incidents of crime that hasbecome daily affair," she said, adding, her party will takethese issues to the people.

"No matter what the freebies the ruling DMK has givenso far or will give in the future, people are fed up with thelife they are forced to lead and they want the AIADMK to cometo power," Jayalalithaa said.

On alliances, she said AIADMK was in talks with someothers and she will come out with details at the appropriatetime.

She declined to answer any queries of alliance withDMDK, floated by actor-politician Vijayakant."No comments."

Condemning the recent fuel price hike, she said theAIADMK, Left parties and the TDP will meet in New Delhi soonto chalk out the strategy for a major protest.

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