Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Chief M Karunanidhi kickstarted his campaign in his home ground Tiruvarur yesterday and showed off his massive clout. The largesse from the DMK coffers was evident when the DMK manifesto was released that promised a laptop to all first-year government college students from backward communities like SC, ST, MBC and BC. But yesterday, Karunanidhi opened his heart all out to extend the gifts to all students irrespective of their communities.
The exercise did not stop there with freebies offered to the senior citizens as well. He promised that the age limit to get a free bus pass will be reduced from 60 to 58.
The massive rally that saw the Tamil Nadu CM praising his own achievements saw a huge turn out that was well-attended by top leaders in the alliance. Karuna said on the occasion that he wanted the welfare of the people and had passed schemes that did not even figure in the manifesto like the Kalaignar Housing Scheme. On this he said, “It did not figure in the last (2006) manifesto, but was discussed and initiated. The government is constructing several lakhs houses as to phase out huts in Tamil Nadu."
An effort to make right the damage caused by the 2G spectrum on the DMK's image and to rein in the Opposition tactics, DMK supremo caught the nerve of the rural populace and said that it was his dream to be the MLA of Tiruvarur, a constituency categorized in the reserved list till recently.
He also aimed to put an end to the rice and sand smuggling that was rampant in the state. Also in focus was the 'katta panchayat" or kangaroo courts that was a justice system run by goons.
After delivering a spirited speech, the CM said, “After all these years, I am back in your lap. I want to hold your hands when I walk back to the Assembly. I want to be your MLA."