Jayalalithaa swarms voters with freebies


Tiruchirappalli (TN): Taking the war of freebies to a new high, AIADMK manifesto for April 13 assembly elections on March 24 promised 20 kg of free rice for ration-card holders, laptops for students from classes XI, free fans, mixers and grinders to all and mineral water to BPL families.

Seeking to match her bête noir DMK president M. Karunanidhi, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa showered freebies in the manifesto, which she released here after filing her nomination from temple town of Srirangam, moving away from the rural Andipatti constituency.

In a bid to woo women voters,  Jayalalithaa promised four gms of gold for Thali (mangalsutra) free of cost to poor, besides cable TV connections at subsidized rates.

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