Jaya defends milk price, bus fare hike
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 13:27
Chennai: Defending the increase of milk prices and bus fares as a 'painful' decision taken by her government, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday slammed opposition parties, including her erstwhile allies, for criticising it out of 'political reasons'.

Jayalalithaa also came down on her archrival and DMK chief M Karunanidhi for flaying the state Cabinet decision, saying he was "shedding crocodile tears" and people were aware of it.

Various political parties including DMK, actor-politician Vijaykant's DMDK and Left parties have criticised the steep increase in the prices of milk sold by state-owned Aavin and bus fare announced by Jayalalithaa.

In a statement here, she said her Cabinet on November 17 took 'the painful decision' to increase the prices to save the PSUs -- Aavin and state transport corporations, left in 'bad health' by the previous DMK government.

"We were forced to hike prices as we had no other choice. People should realise this and not give into the statements (by opposition leaders)," she said requesting their cooperation.

Jayalalithaa dismissed as a 'bag of lies' Karunanidhi's statement that despite officials' request, he had not allowed hiking the prices of milk and bus fares. "He is only pretending to speak for the people. They are aware of his crocodile tears," she added.

Taking a dig at DMDK and the Left parties, which had contested the April Assembly polls in alliance with AIADMK but parted ways ahead of last month's civic polls, Jayalalithaa accused their leaders of adopting 'double standards' saying they had earlier expressed concern over the state of the PSUs.

Prior to the Assembly polls, these parties had conveyed to her their concern over DMK's administrative 'mismanagement' and other issues affecting people."They had said only I can fix these issues by virtue of bold, tough measures," she said.

"Let their conscience decide if it is right for them to issue statements condemning the hike now," she said.


First Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 13:27

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