Polls in Tamil Nadu: free gas cylinders and loan waiver among the main promises of the AIADMK manifesto

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Chief Minister Palaniswami released AIADMK party manifesto for upcoming parliamentary elections in Chennai on Sunday

Ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, CM Palaniswami released the AIADMK party manifesto on Sunday. Free gas cylinders and student loan waivers are key promises. (Photo: PTI file) (Representative image)

Ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam released the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) manifesto for the ballot box on Sunday.

Posted at AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, some of the main promises made to the people include six bottles of cooking gas per year for each family for free, student loan waivers, free 2G data year round for students, a government employment by house and dual citizenship for Sri Lankan refugees.

The AIADMK manifesto also promises free Arasu cable TV, subsidies for car drivers under the MGR automobile program, loan exemptions of up to Rs 1 lakh for weavers and an extension of maternity leave to a year. According to the manifesto, the midday meal program is to be extended to students in grades 9, 10 and 11, Tamil is to be made compulsory in all schools up to grade 10, and all cities in the state will be equipped with vehicles. Amma patrol team to control crimes against women and children.

Promise to increase old age pension from Rs. 1,000 to 2,000 per month, change the name of Madras High Court to Tamil Nadu High Court and Madurai Airport to Pasumpon Airport and reclaim the disputed island of Katchatheevu were also mentioned in the AIADMK manifesto.

Additionally, the party has said it will demand that the Center drop the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019.

In response to the Opposition ballot manifesto Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) which was released on Saturday, Chief Minister Palaniswami claimed the opposition had only repeated the plans of the ruling AIADMK as promises. He also blamed DMK for the death of J Jayalalithaa, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and leader of AIADMK.

“She suffered a severe depression because of Stalin and Karunanidhi [DMK leaders],” he said.

The state of Tamil Nadu will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of the votes will take place on May 2.

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