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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

DMK picks up autonomy plank for elections, offers rice at Rs

[b]DMK picks up autonomy plank for elections, offers rice at Rs 2 per kilo[/b]

From M. Rama Rao in New- Delhi

New Delhi, 30 March ( Striking a perfect balance between the imperatives of local politics and national politics, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which is posing a serious challenge to the Jayalalithaa’s bid for a second consecutive term, released its manifesto for the May elections. The battle cry sees the party return to its many of its old planks- Rs 2 per kg rice, autonomy for the states and social justice for the poor.

Observers here view the manifesto as a calibrated response to the strident AIADMK tone and in their considered view it does not offer a tantalizing alternative.

AIADMK changes

The DMK manifesto’s release coincided with some changes in the AIADMK list. For instance, former speaker and Presidium chairman K Kalimuthu, has been ejected from the list though he was named for Madurai central seat. S T K Jakkian, ex-MP, steps in in his place. Three other changes were also announced. S P Velumani replaces K P Raju at Perur, Subramaniam comes in in place of Selvi Duraiswamy at Andhiyur (SC) and M Paramasivam makes way for R Parthiban at Bodinayaganur.

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