Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an electoral ally of the DMK for the upcoming Assembly elections, has promised to work for the progress of Dalits, women, transgender persons and other minorities once it comes to power. In its manifesto, the VCK has given a set of 15 long-term promises and several election promises.
The manifesto was released in Villupuram by VCK Chief Thol Thirumavalavan on March 25 in the presence of party cadres and followers. In several interviews, Thirumavalavan has said that the upcoming elections are an ideological war against the BJP-RSSâ€™s ideology. The VCK is contesting in six Assembly constituencies in the upcoming polls.
Hereâ€™s a list of the long-term and election promises of the VCK:
>The party will strive to prevent the attempts by the BJP, RSS and the Sangh Parivar to erase reservation provided for the development and progress of Dalits, people from the tribes and other oppressed communities.
>The party will join hands with democratic forces to oppose BJPâ€™s game plan to make the Constitution irrelevant in order to establish RSSâ€™s long-standing dream of Hindu Rashtra.
>The party will strive to inform people about the governmentâ€™s attempts to monopolise the economy and the increased focus on corporatisation and privatisation.
>The party will protect linguistic autonomy, state autonomy and federal principles of Tamil Nadu.
>In order to ensure protection of women and children, the party will work towards providing 50% reservation to women in law-making bodies.
>The party will unite all the people against the hatred being sowed here in the name of religion and caste.
>The party will also protest against the extremist oppressive measures taken against progressive, democratic forces.
>The party will also work to prevent the fascist aim of the government to bring in one nation-one education. It will strive to bring education under the State List.
>The party will also help in revoking the farm laws and labour laws passed by the Union government.
>The party will fight for the preservation of natural resources like water, land and air.
>The party will fight for the rights of women, Dalits, minorities, tribal people, fisherfolk, persons with disabilities and transgender persons.
>The party will work to create awareness among the people for free education, healthcare and sanitation and to remove any other free schemes.
>The party will work to bring prohibition as a national policy.
>The party will also work on the ground for the welfare of Eelam Tamils, in coordination with others with similar interests.
>The party will work towards bringing a change in Indian foreign affairs in a manner that is friendly to the cause of Eelam Tamils.
>Specific laws against caste killings and creation of a special branch to address violence against inter-caste couples. Preference to be given to those who married inter-caste in government jobs.
>Medicine, engineering and law courses will be offered in Tamil also.
>Preference in jobs (government and MNCs) will be given to those who have studied in the native language.
>All temple lands will be taken over by the government and will be redistributed to poor, Tamil farmers.
>Separate budget for agriculture.
>Monthly pension for farmers who are 60 years and above.
>Steps will be taken to abolish NEET.
>District level mobile medical teams will be set up to ensure students are in good mental health during their schooling.
>Health and education sectors will be given a budgetary allocation of 6% of Tamil Naduâ€™s GDP.
>Steps will be taken to enforce total prohibition in the state.
>Steps will be taken to reduce bus fares and omnibus fares.
>Free education from primary school to research level for women.
>Steps will be taken to provide reservation for transgender persons in education and employment opportunities.
>Sanitation workers in rural Tamil Nadu will be made permanent workers and provided with all employment benefits. Protective gear like gloves will also be provided to them.
>A separate Commission for recovery of panchami lands will be set up and all panchami lands will be handed over to the rightful owners or their heirs.
>Reservation for Dalits will be increased to 21% as per the population Census of 2011.
>The party will stress the Union Government to revoke UAPA.
>Maternity leave for women teachers will be increased to 12 months.