TAMIL NADU

MDMK cadres oppose price increase

against hike: MDMK cadres staging a protest in Tuticorin on Tuesday (Right) Partymen agitating in Tirunelveli.   | Photo Credit: — Photos: N. Rajesh. and A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN.

Madurai Bureau

“UPA Government has hiked fuel price for the eighth time since it has assumed office”

TIRUNELVELI: Protesting the recent fuel price hike, functionaries of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam conducted novel rally and staged demonstrations here on Tuesday.

The protestors, led by MDMK Tirunelveli city secretary K.M.A. Nizam, pulled a hand-cart loaded with a car even as some others, wailing inconsolably, performed last rites to liquefied petroleum gas cylinders and other petroleum products.

Two donkeys, carrying the posters ‘thanking’ the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for hiking the fuel prices, were also part of the rally.

Speaking on the occasion, propaganda secretary of the party, Nanjil Sampath said the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, which had hiked the fuel price for the eighth time after it assumed office, would soon lose power on its own by pursuing wrong policies.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government in Tamil Nadu, led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, had failed to give due importance for introducing environment-friendly bio-diesel in the State even though the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had taken adequate initiatives in that direction by encouraging the cultivation of jatropha.

“The public, who have been hit hard by the fuel price hike and the anti-people policies being pursued by the Central and State Governments, will teach a fitting lesson to the rulers in the next polls,” Mr. Sampath said.

The protestors raised slogans against the fuel price hike and demanded the resignation of Mr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Karunanidhi.

Tuticorin

Members MDMK staged a demonstration here on Tuesday. The party men put LPG cylinders and toy cars on top of donkeys and shouted slogans against the Centre’s decision to “force the consumer to shoulder the burden of increase in the international crude oil prices.”

According to them, price hike of petroleum products had added “fuel to fire” since it surged inflation further.

S. Joel, district secretary, led the agitation.

Nagercoil

The cadres staged a demonstration here.

Mr. Nanjil Sampath led the agitation.

He told presspersons that the people had been put to untold hardship, owing to the increase in the price of gas cylinders.

The district secretary, Ratina Raj, and president, Sivarajan, participated.