Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday hinted at her prime ministerial ambitions once again when she promised to give a central government that performs and acts justly with all the states in the country.
The AIADMK manifesto, released by Jayalalithaa just a day after she named all the candidates of her party to the 40 seats in TN and Puducherry, contains policy pronouncements encompassing all spheres of activity across various sectors--- manufacturing, agriculture, education, services, industry – and also addresses the concerns of the man on the street.
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She has left no section of the society untouched: the haves and the have nots, the middle class and the lower strata of society, the educated and the uneducated, the rural and the urban masses.
In short, her manifesto is one that is aimed at appealing to the people across the nation, as if to explain what Jayalalithaa would do should she were to become the prime minister. The 45-page manifesto, released in Tamil and English, contains Jayalalithaa's blueprint for development and inclusive growth of Tamil Nadu as well as India.
Jayalaithaa promised a secular nation where an inclusive, accelerated economic development would be set in motion after correcting "wrong economic policies" pursed so far. She also promised fine tuning sector policies as and where needed.
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For the middle class, Jayalalithaa has promised to raise the income tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh per annum, so that people earning up to this amount need not pay any income tax.
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Another major election promise with a national outreach is bringing back the black money stashed away in tax havens abroad and punishing the guilty.
To begin with, Jayalalithaa promises to reverse those central policies and decisions it perceives usurp the powers of state governments. She has accused the previous DMK regime as well as the party in coalition at the centre with helping the UPA government appropriate state government powers.
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Naturally, the AIADMK supremo would first take up Tamil Nadu-centric issues and deal with them effectively in favour of the state, when the new government assumes power at the centre.