Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday held demonstrations across the state to protest the "unprecedented" hike in petrol price and to demand its immediate rollback.

Senior leaders of the party, its MPs and MLAs joined by a large number of workers raised slogans in front of the Central government offices against the Rs 7.50 per litre hike in petrol prices, which has been strongly opposed by several political parties including UPA allies.

Demonstrations were held at four places in Chennai, district headquarters and in Puducherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh besides other places. Party workers also held demonstrations at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa has criticized the hike as a 'gift' to the people by the Congress-led UPA government on completion of three years in office and said the Centre seems to be ignoring people's protests and was not respecting public sentiments.

The AIADMK's protest comes a day ahead of the agitation called by DMK, a key UPA constituent, which will be led by party patriarch M Karunanidhi himself.

Jayalalithaa had said earlier that the UPA government's 'wrong' economic policies were responsible for the price rise, steep Rupee depreciation and economic slowdown and the latest petrol price hike had only added "fuel to the fire".

DMK to protest on Wednesday

DMK, key ally of the ruling establishment UPA will protest the latest petrol price hike on May 30. 88-year-old party patriarch Karunanidhi would lead DMK's state-wide demonstration by taking part in the protest to be held at Saidapet.

The demonstration would also protest against the Tamil Nadu government for not reducing the increase in milk price, power tariff and bus fare.

In a letter to his partymen earlier, Karunanidhi had asked them to ensure the success of the May 30 protest.


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