TAMIL NADU

`Govt. insensitive to people's sufferings'

TIRUCHI, AUG. 14. The BJP today charged the ruling United Progressive Alliance Government with being "insensitive" to the sufferings of the common people and called upon the partymen to create an awareness among the people of the failure of the Manmohan Singh regime on various fronts.

Addressing a meeting of partyworkers of the Tiruchi urban district unit here, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu claimed that there was a realisation among the countrymen that the UPA Government was not moving in the right direction. The people had started recollecting various achievements of the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.

Mr. Naidu said the irony of the UPA Government was that there was no cohesion, coordination and proper consultation among its constituents.

Stating that the Government had made a wrong beginning and commenced its functioning on a negative note, he alleged that it was not worried about the sufferings of the poor and downtrodden and was on a "confrontation track". This Government needed some more time and hence the BJP had not taken any decision to hold agitations to highlight its shortcomings.

Mr. Naidu said the inflation rate had gone up to 7.5 per cent, the highest in many months, and the prices of all essential commodities had soared sharply.

This was mainly due to the "wrong taxation policy" adopted by this regime. The Finance Minister announced special deal for the rural sector, but not only this promise was not fulfilled, but it had reduced the allocation for rural development from Rs.19,300 crores that was earmarked during the NDA regime to Rs.15,900 crores.

Coming down heavily on the Centre for its decision to repeal the POTA, Mr. Naidu said instead of tackling terrorism effectively, the Government was withdrawing this Act. With this action, the Government was only trying to weaken the hands of the security forces and this step only proved that it had not taken the security threat seriously. The Government is compromising with the unity and security of the nation and this would prove very costly, he charged.

The State president of the party, C. P. Radhakrishnan, also spoke. The president of the urban district unit of the party, T. N. Balajee Sivaraj presided over the meeting.

The national secretary of the party, L. Ganesan, the former Union Ministers, S. Tirunavukkarasar and Pon Radhakrishnan, and others participated in the meeting.

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