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DMK releases election manifesto

DMK would also strive for a Constitutional amendment seeking genuine federalism if voted to power.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 22:49 IST

Sticking to its basics of social justice and state autonomy, DMK on Wednesday said it would bring in a law to provide reservation for minorities.

It would also strive for a Constitutional amendment seeking "wholesome and genuine federalism" if voted to power in Tamil Nadu.

The party's manifesto for the May 8 assembly poll, released by DMK chief M Karunanidhi, also sought scrapping of Article 356 from the Constitution, which gave powers to Centre to impose President's rule in states.

"The Supreme Court had laid many controls and conditions for the use of Article 356. In order to avoid any kind of setback to the biggest democracy of the world, DMK would continue to press for scrapping of Article 356, which provides for dismissal of state governments," it said.

"The party firmly believes only a federal set up with fuller autonomy to states could alone safeguard the unity of India, which has various races, languages, arts and culture."

It also promised to repeal the controversial law passed by the AIADMK government banning religious conversions.

The manifesto also promised quality rice at Rs 2 per kg, free colour television sets to every family, assistance of Rs 1000 per month for six months to pregnant women, free LPG stoves to all poor families, employment opportunity to 3 lakh unemployed youth, free power to weavers and waiver of cooperative loans of farmers.

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 12:30 IST