As the battle for Tamil Nadu intensifies, CM E Palaniswami remained confident of being re-elected and rejected DMK’s big promises in its election manifesto released on Saturday. Listing the plethora of giveaways announced by his government, ranging from loan waivers, pongal gifts, etc., he said that while DMK was only promising, AIADMK had already delivered. He rejected DMK’s “200+ prediction” and several pre-election opinion polls, saying that AIADMK had proven them wrong in 2016 and will continue to do so. The 234-seat assembly in Tamil Nadu will vote on April 6th. The results will be announced on May 2nd.
EPS: ‘We kept what DMK promised’
“They just officially released it. (Farm Waiver) No election manifesto, our government did what people expected most of all. Our government is the only government that has announced the loan waiver and implemented it immediately. This is not for elections, the farmers suffered due to drought, rain and floods they asked to forego cooperation loans when I went on various field visits. We will win the elections by an overwhelming majority. How can I tell the exact numbers? People will only vote. Is Stalin an astrologer to say 200? “He said, speaking to reporters.
When asked about opinion polls, he added: “You gave random numbers as poll numbers according to your party loyalty. We even won the by-elections and proved that your polls are wrong.” About the exit of the DMDK, he said: “The exit of the DMDK is not a loss, they do not have the maturity. The division of the coalition happens often, a bad mouth after leaving is not right. How can we give them more seats? Each Party has its caliber, there is an election bench, the distribution of seats only depends on it. “
DMK has published its manifesto, which promises national recognition for Thiruvalluvars Tirukurral, a 75% quota for Tamils in jobs, 500 Kalaignar Unavagam (canteens), an increase in women’s representation from 30 to 40%, a reduction in petrol and diesel tariffs, a ban on NEET exams and a waiver of educational loans for students under the age of 30 – to name a few.
EPS social systems
Before the polls, CM EPS withdrew cases against Jallikattu protesters, anti-CAA protesters, COVID lockdown violations and protesters against Kudankulam nuclear power plants. Aside from withdrawing so many cases, EPS waived 12,110 crores of cooperative farm loans drawn by 16.43 lakh farmers and gave a “Pongal gift basket” to all 2.06 crore grocery card holders, free COVID-19 vaccines, students passing by etc. from DMK MK Stalin called “appeasement before the election”. According to the seat allocation talks, AIADMK has allocated BJP – 20 seats and Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat, while MDMK 23 seats and AIADMK will fight for remaining seats. DMK has also allocated 25 seats to the congress, 6 CPM, 6 MDMK and 3 IUML. The AIADMK-BJP alliance faces the AMMK-AIMIM combination, the DMK-Kongress-MDMK-IUML-CPM alliance, the MNM-AAP alliance and other smaller parties.