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TN polls: DMK, AIADMK lure voters with freebies

Mar 24, 2011 09:09 PM IST Politics Politics

Srirangam/Tiruvarur: The DMK-AIADMK rivalry has determined Tamil Nadu politics for over two decades. And both J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi filed their nominations on the same day - the AIADMK chief from Srirangam, and the DMK patriarch from Thiruvarur.

Moreover, the duo has sparked off a battle of freebies. In her election manifesto on Thursday, Jayalalithaa matched the DMK promise for promise.

The DMK, in its manifesto, has promised free laptops to all 11th and 12th standard students, 20 kg of free rice to all ration card holders and for all women, a fan, mixer and grinder free of charge.

"No doubt this government has left the state in debt. I have specifically mentioned in the manifesto. DMK government has pulled Tamil Nadu into a debt of Rs 1 lakh crore. Our election manifesto has all the schemes that will retrieve the state from the debts and once again make Tamil Nadu a prosperous state. I only promise what I can deliver," said Jayalalithaa.

The DMK, which began the practice of promising free colour TVs for votes in 2006, said Jayalalithaa has just copied their strategy.

"People will trust only what we have said because we have given what we promised in 2006 and they won't trust Jayalalithaa," DMK leader MK Stalin.

So it's a laptop for a laptop, rice for rice between the AIADMK and the DMK. And these elections will perhaps prove if Tamil Nadu's voter will deliver their mandate based on the promise of freebies.