Allottment for cyclone relief `paltry`: Sarath
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 17:19
Tiruchirappalli: Charging the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre of being biased against non-Congress governments, actor and All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader, Sarath Kumar, on Saturday said Central allotment for areas in Tamil Nadu hit by the Thane cyclone was "paltry" and showed its "peevish attitude" towards the state.

While the damage caused by the Dec 30 cyclone to the crops and infrastrucure was to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore, the Centre had sanctioned only Rs 350 crore, he said.

Kumar also alleged that the Union ministers from Tamil Nadu also did not care about the state, doing "nothing but amassing wealth for themselves". Under the circumstances, the Tamil Nadu government was doing its best in providing cyclone relief, he said.

Regarding the the frequent changing of ministers in the state, he said "One should only see the end result. It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister to change the ministers".

Charging that the Centre did not treat the Tamil fishermen as Indian fishermen, he said attacks on Tamil fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy continued ever after External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's visit to the island nation

He added that his party would campaign for the ruling party in the upcoming Sankarankuvoil by-election.


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 17:19

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