Oppn to intensify protests against bus fare hike, CM blames DMK for transport corpn's woes

Oppn to intensify protests against bus fare hike, CM blames DMK for transport corpn’s woes

The DMK-led opposition on Monday held protests across Tamil Nadu to demand a full rollback of the recent bus fare hike, with police detaining DMK’s M K Stalin and MDMK’s Vaiko for blocking roads in the capital.

Reacting to the protests, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said it was done to pressure, the government.

Palaniswami blamed the opposition DMK for the financial woes of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and appealed to the public to understand the circumstances that led to the recent hike in bus fares.

Speaking to the media, he said that the government had decided to bring down the bus fare hike following protests by the DMK, other opposition parties and the public.

He said that in 2011, the outgoing DMK government had left the TNSTC with a debt of ₹3,392.15 crore, ₹1,528.05 crore as pending dues to the employees and ₹922.24 crore as pending dues to the retired staff. He said that 112 properties of TNSTC were mortgaged.

The DMK warned of intensifying its protests if the revision was not rolled back immediately.

DMK working president and Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, M K Stalin, demanded that Palaniswami should immediately withdraw the hike or resign.