Vijayakant fasts against price rise

November 24th, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Nov 24 (IANS) Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly and DMDK chief A. Vijayakant, alongwith other party leaders, held a day long fast here Thursday to protest against the recent hike in bus fares and milk prices in the state.

Party leaders and cadres also held protest fasts in other parts of Tamil Nadu.

At the DMDK headquarters, apart from Vijayakant, senior leader and party presidium chairman Panruti S. Ramachandran participated in the protest.

Speaking at the venue, Vijayakant said the government, instead of setting right the state government undertakings, has increase prices, affecting the common man.

On Nov 17, Jayalalithaa announced the decision of her government to increase milk prices, bus fares and the proposal to revise upwards power tariff as well.

The minimum bus fares have been increased by a rupee to Rs.3 and the maximum by Rs.5 to Rs.12 across the state, other than Chennai. In the state capital, the maximum bus fare has gone up by Rs.2 to Rs.14.

The price of milk has gone up by Rs.6.25 per litre to Rs.24. The milk procurement prices have also been increased by Rs.2 per litre.

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