Chennai: DMK and its allies conducted a road roko across Tamil Nadu demanding that the AIADMK government in the state rollback the bus fare hike.
DMK working president MK Stalin protested in his constituency, Kolathur, claiming that the stir will only intensify if the Edapadi K Palaniswamy government doesn't roll back the fare hike. On Saturday, DMK had demanded chief minister EPS’ resignation over the issue.
After being detained, Stalin told mediapersons: "Today, DMK and our allies successfully protested across the state demanding rollback of the ticket price hike. If the government still does not listen to us and continue being adamant , we will only intensify protests in the coming days."
Stalin refused to get inside the police van and instead, walked to a nearby marriage hall.
MDMK leader Vaiko led protests at Saidapet in Chennai. “The days of this ruling government are numbered. The voters of Tamil Nadu are angry with the government. We will hold a meeting with the DMK and decide our next course of action,” he told CNN-News18.
Chief Minister Palaniswamy blamed the DMK for the ticket price hike. He said, “Protests by the opposition parties is only to exert pressure on the government. The DMK had pledged Transport Corporation assets when it was in power. Also, the fuel prices during DMK's rule and now are not the same. Fuel prices have increased by Rs 23 and hence we had to increase the ticket prices. "
On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu Government partially rolled back the bus fare hike after facing flak from the opposition parties and the public. So as per the revised hike, a minimum ticket of Rs.5 was reduced to Rs.4. This comes into effect starting Monday.