In spite of the fact that DMK is a UPA ally, it has joined forces with the Opposition and other allies slamming the UPA’s move to hike petrol prices. DMK’s protest comes a day after the ruling AIADMK staged their own protest on the "unprecedented" hike in petrol price and sought a rollback of the same.
In a letter to partymen, Karunanidhi stated, “The state government in Tamil Nadu gets 27 per cent tax from the petrol price. If the Centre and state governments reduce their tax percentage substantially on petrol, the recent hike will not affect the public.”
Making full use of the situation to slam the Jayalalithaa government, he urged the Centre and the state to "voluntarily come forward" to reduce the tax levied on petrol to ease the burden on the common man. He also cited the example of Kerala, Uttarakhand and Delhi that has already cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol.