Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, two main political parties in Tamil Nadu, in order to please the voters, has already offered a lot of freebies like mixies, wet grinders and laptops. Now, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has also joined the team by offering its own set of freebies in its election manifesto for the Tamil Nadu state assembly elections. BJP in Tamil Nadu will contest in 194 seats in the 234-member state assembly.
BJP promised to offer free laptops and stationery for higher secondary and college students, free sanitary napkins for all women and 1 lakh deposit for every female child born in Below Poverty Line (BPL) family.
Free medical check ups will also be offered to all the families living below the poverty line. BJP also assured a separate budget for agriculture and 205 TMC of cauvery water every year to protect agriculture.
BJP announced that it will protect the interest of Indian fishermen and will prevent the attacks by Sri Lanka navy on them. While, earlier DMK in its election manifesto announced new insurance schemes for fishermen and AIADMK offered loan assistance of Rs 4000 during the four lean months.
The election manifesto of BJP also included various others plans like conversions of all fair price shops into government supermarkets, scholarships to students of all religion and also planned to announce the first day of Chithirai month as the Tamil New Year.
DMK started this idea of offering freebies to attract voters. It distributed free color television to the public as promised in its election manifesto for the 2006 Tamil Nadu polls, which led to the party’s success. Continuing this strategy, DMK also offered many freebies in its current election manifesto. Later on, AIADMK also joined the war of populism by offering many attracting freebies.