Chennai: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa will
hit the streets against the DMK government once again, this
time at Tiruchirappalli, heading a demonstration against
price-rise and the ruling party`s "failure" to tackle it.
"I will lead the protest at Tiruchirappally on August
24 against the DMK government which has failed to control
price rise and illegal mining of sand among other issues," she
said in a party statement here.
Skyrocketing prices and the power cut situation had
affected the overall growth of Tamil Nadu`s economy and even
agricultural produce had decreased, she claimed.
"In 2005-06, when AIADMK was in power, more than
52,000 tonnes of rice was produced in the state on over 20,000
hectares of land but this had come down to over 50,000 tonnes
in 2007-08 on over 17,000 hectares of land, during the current
DMK regime," she said.
Referring to inter-state water disputes, Jayalalithaa
charged the state government with failing to ensure 10 tmcft
of Tamil Nadu`s share of Cauvery water for the month of June
from Karnataka, as directed by Cauvery River Water Tribunal.
"Besides, Karnataka has to release 34 tmcft of water
in July but not a drop of water has been received so far. The
plight of farmers dependent on groundwater is equally bad due
to depleting groundwater table because of illegal and
excessive mining of sand (from river beds)," she said.
Raking up the power cut situation in the state, she
said farmers were unable to use motor pumps for irrigation.
Fishing industry was also affected by issues like
attacks on fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan navy.
The AIADMK supremo slammed the Centre`s proposed Marine
Fisheries Bill, kept in pending following opposition and
reservation from some coastal states and fishermen bodies.
The Bill aims to cap the geographical fishing area to
12 nautical miles and proposes penal action including
imprisonment and fine of Rs nine lakh for violators.
It was detrimental to fishermen`s interests, she said.
"The recent petrol prices hike, price rise,
deteriorating law and order situation, issues like spurious
and fake drugs are all affecting people belonging to all
sections of the society and the DMK government had failed to
mitigate their sufferings," she alleged.
The AIADMK chief said she will spearhead the
Tiruchirappally protest highlighting all these issues.
On July 13, Jayalalithaa had virtually launched her
party`s campaign for the next year`s Assembly elections in
Coimbatore at a protest demonstration, where she had urged
people to throw out the "corrupt" DMK government.