DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Monday said the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has "nothing" to claim for itself on development projects front, including power generation.
Recalling the budget speech made by the state finance minister in August after AIADMK came to power, Karunanidhi said O Pannseerselvam had mentioned Tamil Nadu was in the forefront in e-governance, SMEs and manufacturing sector, besides betting on power generation projects. "It was mentioned that new power generation projects would yield 3,280 MW power in 2011-12. This refers to the projects taken up during the DMK regime and not in the (then) three-month old AIADMK rule," he said in a statement in Chennai.
The state government on November 17 had announced a steep hike in milk prices and bus fares. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa had also indicated that power tariff may also go up in the wake of mounting losses suffered by the state-run power supplier.
Jayalalithaa had yesterday defended the price hikes, saying "the painful decision" had been taken to save the PSUs --Aavin and state transport corporations, which were left in "bad health" by the previous DMK government. Karunanidhi said, "They (AIADMK) had promised to slowly do away with power cuts. But the situation today is that power cut has been increased from two to five hours (in rural areas)."