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Karunanidhi slams Jaya over power shortage

Last Updated: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 15:33

Chennai: Claiming that Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa had indirectly admitted to power shortage in
Tamil Nadu, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today sought to remind her
of her promise that the issue would be resolved within three
months of her assuming office.

"In a hurriedly issued statement, she has explained about
power cuts, saying it will be addressed in a few days. This
shows she has admitted power cuts exist in the state," he
said.

The DMK chief recalled that Jayalalithaa had promised to
address the power cut situation in three months after assuming
office and doing away with it altogether by August 2012.
This is an issue over which she had repeatedly attacked
him in the past, when he was in office, he said adding that
she should rather focus on people`s issues than going after
DMK men.

While she had criticised his government`s decision to
purchase power from the open market, she had now proposed the
same to handle the situation, he pointed out.

"Her words are now hitting back at her. Not just power
cuts but the power loom workers strike demanding wage-hike has
hit industry hard. Normalcy does not seem to have returned to
Paramakudi where seven persons were killed last month in
police firing," he said.
The DMK patriarch also accused her of indulging in
vindictive politics, saying "there is a spate of foisted cases
against DMK men. It would be better for her and the state if
she focuses on people`s issues than go on an unhealthy track."

Jayalalithaa made power shortage one of the key issues
during her poll campaign for the April 13 Assembly polls.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 15:33

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