DMK has found an ingenious method of winning assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. Just keep offering freebies after freebies and people will keep voting for you.
DMK released its election manifesto on Saturday and this time it has gone miles ahead in populist measures. Last time, DMK offered Free Tv’s and rice at Rs. 1 per kg. They mostly fulfilled their offer. For 2011 polls, they have gone ahead and offered free laptops for all students belonging to the Backward Class (BC), MBC, SC and ST communities who are in the first year of their graduation.
They have even promised that ration card holders will have the option of receiving a wet grinders or mixers. The BPL families will this time get up to 35 kg rice free every month.
Offering freebies is understandable. DMK is going through a tough phase after its ministers were found involved in the 2G scam. These freebies are just a ploy to make people forget their scams and vote for them. DMK has succeeded in winning assembly elections in 2006 with almost similar tactics and they will be looking for an encore this year as well. But shouldn’t the election commission be involved in this? Should they just allow a party to scam the country for Billions of Rupees and then give away Crores in freebies? What kind of a precedent will it set for the rest of states in India? Won’t this lead to increase in corruption? All we have are questions for which answers can’t be found.