College students across Tamil Nadu continued to hold protests for the fifth day today against the recent hike in bus fares, and demanded immediate rollback of the revision. Actor Kamal Haasan, who has announced his foray into politics, also hit out at the government on the issue.
Students held protests in Madurai, Thanjavur, Perambalur and Dindigul among others, with several of them boycotting classes opposing the government move, police said. Many students said the hike has 'severely' affected them and that many of them could not afford the 'manifold increase,' and therefore the demand for its rollback.
Haasan, who has taken on the ruling AIADMK, alleged corruption, also hit out at the K Palaniswami-led government for hiking bus fares. In a tweet, he said, if the government was pro-poor, it would have made all efforts to prevent the hike.
After a hiatus of six years, the state government had on January 19 hiked ticket fares of buses operated by state-run transport corporations and private entities by about 20 to 54.54 per cent. The government has hiked fares across categories such as mofussil, city, ordinary, express, ultra deluxe, Volvo and air-conditioned buses.