Puducherry: Opposition Congress on Friday charged the Puducherry government with ignoring the welfare of fishermen in the Union Territory by not using the Rs 100 crore World Bank aid obtained by Congress when it was in power.

Leader of the opposition and former Chief Minister V Vaithilingam told reporters here that he ruling AINRC government has not used the Rs 100 crore obtained by the previous Congress regime from World Bank for constructing fish markets and other infrastructure in several coastal pockets.

He alleged that during World Fisheries Day celebrations on Nov 21 in Karaikal, Congress legislator P N R Tirumurugan was prevented from airing their grievances by agriculture Minister M Chandirakasu, AINRC legislator P R Siva and the Independent V M C Sivakumar.

He demanded that all three tender an open apology and said that if they did not do so, the opposition would bring in a privilege issue on the floor of the Assembly against them.

Vaithilingam alleged there were several discrepancies in arrangements for holding civic polls, including lack of delimitation of wards. But Congress did not want the polls to be put off and it should be held without delay, he said.

PCC leader A V Subramanian, who was also present, said the opposition in Parliament was meeting with several fiascos in their bid to destabilize the UPA government.

"People have come to know of the incapability of the opposition` he said adding the Congress led UPA would remain in office for the full five year term and would 'romp home' in the next Lok Sabha polls.


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