Chennai, April 19: The DMDK led by actor-politician Vijaykanth has made promises in its manifesto for the May 16 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu that have been found nothing but bizarre by experts.
One of the promises is to fix petrol price at Rs 45 and diesel price at Rs 35. According to experts, the state government can at best waive the tax but can not control price unless they pay off the balance to the oil companies.
The manifesto also promises to take 5,00 farmers abroad every year to enable them to learn new techniques in farming. To this, the counter question is: Will it not be easier to bring experts from abroad to train more number of farmers?
The manifesto of one of Tamil Nadu's prominent parties also said shops like Nallis and Pothys will be allowed to open in other states and countries. Why do they need the state government's permission to do that, ask experts.
It also says the government will work with the private sector in manufacturing things like biscuits, software, bricks, cooking oil etc but it will be the government which will fix the price of the commodities. One observer expressed shock over the idea of the government entering the software business and fixing the price.
Other promises include: home delivery arrangement of items from ration shops; reducing toll at plazas by half and if necessary, nationalising toll companies by the state government; raising the income of each family in each of the 12,620 villages in the state by Rs 25,000 per month; turning Pongal celebration into a week-long affair and others.
The DMDK is contesting this year's election as part of an alliance with the People's Welfare front and Tamil Maanila Congress.