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Jayalalithaa evading her duty to State: Ramadoss

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VELLORE, NOV. 20. The Pattali Makkal Katchi founder, S. Ramadoss, today criticised the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, for not sending a representative to the southern States' Chief Ministers conference held in Bangalore.

Dr. Ramadoss said the Chief Minister deputed officials who had no right to participate in the Chief Ministers' conference. On the other hand, she sent three ministers to the rejuvenation camp for elephants in the Mudumalai sanctuary. "What is the meaning in asking us to obtain funds from the Central Government without participating in a meeting where you could have raised your voice seeking Central aid," he asked.

At a press meet here, Dr. Ramadoss said the Chief Minister was evading her responsibility by insisting that it was the duty of Opposition parties (partners in the United Progressive Alliance Government) to obtain drought and flood relief to farmers. The Democratic Progressive Alliance secured several schemes such as the Sethusamudram Canal Project and the Chennai seawater desalination project within a short time. More new projects could be obtained for Tamil Nadu if the Chief Minister cooperated with the Union Ministers from the State. But unfortunately, she was trying to make political capital by blaming the Opposition parties, he said.

On the increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, Dr. Ramadoss said the Centre was forced to increase the prices in view of the hike in the international prices of crude oil. Only in Tamil Nadu were the petroleum prices higher due to sales tax. The prices of petrol and diesel could be reduced by Rs. 3 to 5 a litre and that of LPG by Rs.30 per cylinder if the ST on petroleum products was reduced by 10 per cent.

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