Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Promises galore in India's Tamil Nadu elections: free rice, free laptops, free grinders...

Chennai: From free grinders to 35 kg free rice every month for 1.6 million poor families, free bus passes for senior citizens to free laptops for Dalit engineering students, increase in old age pension to new insurance scheme for fishermen, the DMK manifesto released here Saturday has offered sops to all.

It also talked about an increase in loan assistance to women self-help groups.

Released by party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, the manifesto lined up a range of sops in a bid to woo a cross section of voters for the April 13 assembly elections.

"The DMK party fulfilled most of its promises made in its 2006 election manifesto. The party will do what it has said and that it will say what it will do. It is a manifesto for the poor," Karunanidhi said while releasing the manifesto. More...

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