Chennai: Opposition BJP on Saturday charged the
Centre with being `insensitive toward the sufferings of the
common man` and said all sections of society will be affected
by fuel hike announced by the Congress-led UPA government.
"The Central government is insensitive toward the
sufferings of the common man. This is the 10th hike in prices
of petroleum products (in recent times)," Leader of the
Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters after
calling on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa here.
While housewives were affected due to the Rs 50 hike
in LPG price, farmers and poorest of the poor were affected
due to increase in price of diesel and kerosene, she said.
Congress had come to power with the slogan of lending
its hand to the common man, but "this is what they have given
for the common man," she said.
On her meeting with Jayalalithaa, the first between
the two leaders after the latter came to power in the state
after the April 13 polls, Swaraj said it was a "courtesy
call." The two leaders interacted for about half an hour.
Swaraj, who had raised in Parliament the issue of
attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, said they
discussed the issue, in the backdrop of 23 fishermen from the
state being arrested by Sri Lankan navy on June 20.