Chennai: Seeking to woo the electorate again with promise of more freebies, ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu said it would distribute free mixies or grinders to women, free laptops to SC/ST students and free rice of 35 kg to BPL families if voted back to power.
“ AS we gave colour TV and free gas stoves to women during the last 5 years, we promises that the women will be presented with grinders or else mixie as per their choice, now women SHGs getting 2.5 lakh as loan, it would be increased upto 4 lakh of which,2 lakh will be given as grant, as 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.
DMK MP Kanimozhi said “I feel the election manifesto has addressed the needs of all sections of the society. It is a winning manifesto.”
In the election manifesto released by DMK chief M Karunanidhi, the party also promised free bus travel to senior citizens besides free laptops to SC, ST and backward class students of government and government-aided colleges.
The manifesto also promised continuation of all welfare schemes implemented by the DMK government including free distribution of colour TVs and Rs one per kg of rice.
In the 2006 assembly polls, DMK`s manifesto promising free colour TV, waiver of cooperative farm loans and one rupee rice scheme was instrumental in the party`s victory.