As the Congress and BJP are at loggerheads with each other over the Augusta Westland in the parliament and elsewhere, there is little to separate from each otherâ€™sâ€™ manifesto for the forthcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
With just about 20 days to go for the assembly elections, the DMK-ally Congress in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday released its manifesto, promising total alcohol prohibition and Jallikattu if the alliance comes to power.
The promise of alcohol prohibition and Jallikattu was also made by the BJP, in their manifesto which was released last Thursday.
The other two common promises made by the two national parties are setting up of Lokayukta and 24/7 power supply in the state.
The Congress is contesting on 41 seats after they forged a deal with the DMK at the beginning of the month after senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met DMK president M. Karunanidhi in his Gopalapuram residence.
In the last elections, the Congress managed to win five seats while the BJP managed none.
Here are the highlights of the TNCC Manifesto ahead of the elections:
1. Complete Prohibition will be implemented
2. Jallikattu to be legalized in the state.
3. Formation of Lokayukta in Tamil Nadu
4. Expansion and technological upgradation of Uzhavar Sandhais (Farmersâ€™ market)
5. Complete and uninterrupted power supply at subsidized rates
6. Farmers above the age of 60 will be provided a grant of Rs.2000 every month
7. A world-class library to be established in every district
8. A medical college to be established in evry district
9. Will work on a solution to both Cauvery and Mullai Periyar issue, that will do justice to the rights of all citizens
10. 7th Pay Commission to be implemented in Tamil Nadu without further delay
11. Association for the Welfare of Government Employees to be formed
12. A fisherman will be awarded Rs.150/per and Rs.6500 for 40 days during a posed ban on fishing.
13. Metro line plan to be formulated for Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore and Selam and construction of the same to be started.
14. Statue for Nadigar Thilagam Shivaji Ganesan between the Mahatma Gandhi Statue and Kamaraj statue in Marina
15. To make Tamil mandatory in primary school.