Debating India


DMK manifesto full of goodies

Wednesday 29 March 2006

Special Correspondent

Ration rice at Rs. 2 a kg, free colour TV for women of every family

Rs.1000 maternity assistance for 6 months Free gas stove for all poor women Coop loans to farmers to be waived Free power to ryots, weavers

CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday released the party’s election manifesto for the Assembly election, promising a world of concessions and goodies to the people, especially farmers and women.

Quality rice at Rs. 2 a kg on ration cards, free colour television for every family "for women’s recreation and general knowledge," a maternity assistance of Rs. 1,000 a month for six months, wavier of all cooperative loans to farmers and free electricity to weavers in addition to farmers, were some of the highlights.

The DMK has promised free gas stove to all poor women, a monthly financial assistance up to Rs. 300 to unemployed youth, assignment of two acres to landless poor families, restoration of all concessions withdrawn to government employees and teachers and reservation for Muslim and Christians.

Sixth Pay Commission

"We will implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission as and when they are announced," says the manifesto.

The wide-ranging poll pledges include reinstallation of the Kannagi statue at the same place from where it was removed by the AIADMK Government, re-establishing the MGR Film City and implementation of all DMK schemes, which were discontinued by the present AIADMK administration.

Addressing a press conference after releasing the manifesto, Mr. Karunanidhi said the free colour television sets would be given to families after ascertaining whether they had a TV or not. On the Rs. 2 a kg rice, he said all family card holders drawing it under the public distribution system would be eligible.

Traditional rivalry

Asked about Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s assertion that it would be the last election for the DMK, Mr. Karunanidhi said "It shows her culture.

She has not only said it will be the last election, but also that she will settle the traditional rivalry."

List of candidates

Responding to a question on Ms. Jayalalithaa’s declaration that there was no scope for a coalition government in the State, the DMK chief said, "That is her view."

He said the list of candidates would be released in a day or two - "even if it is delayed, it will be a quality list."

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