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TN Polls: DMK lists cheap fuel, free tablets for students in its 500 poll promises

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Chennai: As polls for Tamil Nadu assembly seats are around the corner, political parties are trying to woo their voters with huge list of election promises. Among these parties, DMK has become the first one to reveal its lengthy Menifesto, promising free computer tablets with data card for students, free local public transport for women, reservation of 75 per cent jobs for people of Tamil origin, fuel price cut, and financial assistance of ₹ 25,000 to one lakh people going on pilgrimage to major Hindu temples, and many others.

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The manifesto was released on Saturday afternoon by party chief MK Stalin, which, he said, has more than 500 poll promises.

Calling the DMK manifesto the party’s “second hero”, the party chief today reiterated his late father’s signature slogan: “We tell what we would do and we would do what we tell.”

The state, which is under a five lakh-crore debt, gets a manifesto that promises constitution of a high-level committee to study and improve the state’s economy.

Some of DMK’s ambitious Menifesto promises that can catapult it to power, are:

-DMK promised to bring a law against the medical entrance exam, NEET, in the first assembly session.

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-A law to set aside 75 percent of jobs in industrial houses for locals will also be passed if the DMK is voted to power, MK Stalin, 68, said today while releasing the manifesto.

-Amid hike in fuel prices across the country, the DMK promised a cut in petrol prices by ₹ 5 and ₹ 4 in diesel prices. It also promised a subsidy of ₹ 100 for cooking gas cylinders.

-For women, reservation in government jobs will be increased from 30 per cent to 40 per cent, he said, as he promised an allocation of ₹ 1,000 crore to restore Hindu shrines, and ₹ 200 crore for restoration of mosques and churches, and a hike in salary of temple priests.

-It has also promised piped water supply in Chennai and metro trains for Salem and Coimbatore and new airports in Hosur and other places.

-Differently-abled will be given smartcards, free transport and three-wheelers. Steps will be taken to save the state capital from floods.

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-Elderly will be given an assistance of ₹ 1,500, those who lost livelihood will be given ₹ 4,000-relief; 50 lakh students will receive support for skill development.

-A loan of ₹ 20 lakh for unemployed graduates to turn entrepreneurs.

-500 Kalaignar canteens to feed poor, named after DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, will also be set up.

-Party chief MK Stalin also said the party, when elected, will set up a separate court to probe corruption charges against the ruling -AIADMK ministers.

-Assembly sessions will be telecast live, if the DMK is elected, MK Stalin said.

-The party will work towards declaring classic Tamil language text ‘Tirukkural’ a national book.

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-A separate budget for agriculture.

The party, which is all prepared to give a tough fight to the ruling AIADMK, is contesting 180 of 234 seats in Tamil Nadu and hopes to “win big” with its ally Congress, which will contest on 25 seats. The state will undergo a single phase voting on April 6 while the results will be announced on May 2.

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