Petrol price hike: Karunanidhi takes u-turn on quiting UPA
New Delhi/ Chennai: Hours after he issued a veiled threat to the UPA government, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi on Monday did a U-turn of sorts by denying that he ever threatened to pull out of the Congress-led government at the Centre.
Earlier today, a major ally of the Congress-led UPA- DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) today threatened to pull out from alliance. Talking to press, party chief M Karunanidhi said that DMK will withdraw its support from alliance if centre carries on with anti-people policies.
Karunanidhi said that party will oppose government`s move which impact commonmen and downtrodden of the society. Launching a state-wide protest against the steep petrol price hike, Karunanidhi said that govt should immediately withdraw increased prices.
It is useless to recall that just few days back, state run oil companies have increased petrol price with Rs 7.5 per litre. DMK has termed the hike `anti people` and said it has sparked “spontaneous” protests by people against the govt across the country.
To mark their protest party workers were staging demonstrations in front of the central govt offices and district collectorates in various district headquarters. They are demanding to immediately call off hike.
Talking to press, a DMK leader said, “The Centre should substantially reduce the petrol price hike, if not roll it back, as the increase would further hit the people already suffering due to inflation and price rise,”
The DMK`s decision to hold a protest a day ahead to opposition sponsored Bharat Bandh on May 31 comes amid growing protests against the hike which has also been opposed by Trinamool Congress, another key regional ally of UPA.