Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday criticised the Union government of “being vengeful” towards the State by cutting down the allotment of kerosene by 50 per cent.

Intervening in the debate on the budget, Ms. Jayalalithaa told the Assembly that it was brought to her notice only on Wednesday that the allotment had been reduced to 29,000 kilo litres (KL) [per month] from 52,000 KL. She called a meeting to discuss as to how to tackle the situation.

Her remarks came when members of the Congress protested Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam’s criticism of the Centre by referring to the symbol of the Congress party, “hand.”

Approving her colleague’s criticism, the Chief Minister said “the hand at the Centre” had been not only increasing prices of petrol and diesel but also “wreaking vengeance on Tamil Nadu” over the kerosene allocation issue.