Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary Jayalalithaa has announced a massive demonstration in front of Central Government offices in district headquarters on Thursday (January 24), condemning the Centre and a key constituent of the United Progressive Alliance government, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
According to a release of the party, the demonstrations will be organised by the Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai, the party’s labour wing, condemning the Centre for eroding the federal principles and snatching away the rights of the State.
Detailing the reasons for organising the demonstrations, she said the Centre had failed to notify the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal despite repeated pleas of the State.
It did not bother to address the acute power shortage in the State by denying the surplus available with it and not coming forward to allocate to Tamil Nadu power produced by the Central generating stations.
It had denied a licence to the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) for operating in Chennai under the Digital Addressable System.
The Centre failed to allocate more funds or even kerosene, she charged.
The refusal to give her more time to speak about the State’s problems at the meeting of the National Development Council, the hike in price of diesel and LPG and the increase in rail fare were against the interests of people.
Condemning the Centre for snatching away the rights of the State and creating hurdles for just demands, Ms. Jayalalithaa criticised the DMK for being part of the Centre which was violating federal principles and neglecting the rights of the State.