AIADMK, DMK release manifesto, promises galore

The ruling AIADMK and the main opposition DMK today released their manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, two days after they released their lists of candidates.

A national-level poverty eradication scheme that would grant a sum of Rs 1,500 a month for every family below poverty line (BPL), Statehood for the Union territory of Puducherry and water management schemes including linking of rivers and diverting water to drought-hit areas are among the major promises made by AIADMK’s election manifesto.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK), sniffing at a good show these Lok Sabha elections have brought cheer to lakhs of medical aspirants in the state, by stating that it would scrap the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) if brought to power.

The party has also promised to waive off all educational loans of students. Releasing the election document, party President M K Stalin said the DMK is opposed to conducting of NEET in Tamil Nadu and will take steps to get it abolished if the party is part of the next government at the Centre.

The DMK has promised to fight for the return of old pension scheme, reintroduction of control prices of petrol, diesel, and abolishing toll fee in highways among others.

The manifesto also pitches for a separate budget for agriculture and hike of I-T exemption upto Rs. 8 lakh.