New Delhi: Widespread celebrations have begun in Tamil Nadu to mark the first anniversary of the AIADMK government, which came to power when Selvi J Jayalalithaa took over as the Chief Minister of this southern state on May 16, 2011.
To mark the occasion and to highlight the AIADMK government’s achievements in the past one year, the Amma administration has given full-fledged advertisements in the national dailies, which promise to make Tamil Nadu a fully developed state by 2023.
As per estimates, Rs 25 crores have been spent on the advertisements released today - probably a record amount spent on a single advertisement in a day.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta has slammed the advertisements released by the Jayalalithaa government.
The state government’s advertisement, ‘The Vision for Tamil Nadu for 2023’, released on Wednesday, promises to transform it into one of the country’s most prosperous and progressive state with high literacy level and no poverty.
The vision document also highlights the ‘priceless’ freebies offered by the AIADMK government to the people of Tamil Nadu in order to elevate their standard of living and ensuring them all basic amenities.
Details of the freebies being distributed by the Jayalalithaa government feature various items like low cost rice, cheap electric gadgets, free laptops, and domestic animals.
The advertisement also claims Tamil Nadu to be the only state in the country, where the government has distributed ‘priceless’ freebies including rice, mixer-grinders, electric fans and footwear to its people on its own.
Besides, the Amma administration has also listed a series of priceless items which are being distributed as per the election manifesto released by the AIADMK prior to the 2011 Assembly Election.
Among other things, the state government has distributed ‘priceless’ milch cows and sheep for the uplift of the poor and at least 1,51,430 cheaper laptops to students.
The AIADMK party cadre have been directed to celebrate the occasion by highlighting the government`s achievements in the last one year at various forums.
In a statement released earlier, the AIADMK chief said the cadre should hold public meetings in each Assembly constituency on May 18 and 19, explaining the salient features of various pro-people programme initiatives launched by it during the year.
She said leaders of frontal organisations should also participate in the public meetings.
AIADMK came to power in May 2011 Assembly polls defeating the Karuanidhi-led DMK.