As soon as Jayalalithaa announced her manifesto for the AIADMK, many people were rejoicing because it was filled with freebies. Right from free electricity and mobiles to free laptops and Internet, the AIADMK manifesto reads like a dream for the have-nots.On May 5, AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa revealed what she planned to do for the people of Tamil Nadu this time round if she is voted back into power. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even in 2011, the AIADMK offered various freebies to the people. Jayalalithaa had then announced four grams of gold, in addition to Rs 25,000 as marriage assistance (Rs 50,000 and four grams of gold for beneficiaries with a diploma or degree), six months of maternity leave plus Rs12,000 assistance and bank loan to a maximum of Rs10 lakh linked with 25 per cent subsidy component for self-help groups. She had also promised three cents of land for the landless poor so they can build houses. A school student was given four sets of uniforms and a pair of shoes free of cost while those in college got a free laptop. She also announced scholarships ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 from higher secondary school students. 20 kg rice was promised free of cost to all family cardholders and 20 litres of purified drinking water a month to all below poverty line families.
ALSO READ Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Phones, electricity, loans, wi-fi and other freebies galore in AIADMK manifestoIn 2016, Jayalalithaa has gone a step further and included more freebies especially for farmers’ and women. Read the full AIADMK manifesto for Tamil Nadu here.