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Chennai:

AMMK, Ammaa Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam led by TTV Dhinakaran finalised the list of 38 candidates who will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections. AMMK has allotted one seat to its ally Social Democratic Party of India.

Dhinakaran who was part of AIADMK had later formed AMMK as he was sidelined from the party. The now released list includes the name of 3 AIADMK MLA’s – T Tamilselvan, N G Parthiban and P Palaniappan-who were disqualified from the party due to their allegiance towards Dhinakaran.

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Eighteen AIADMK MLAs loyal to Mr Dhinakaran were disqualified in 2017 by Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal for revolting against Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.

Thanga Tamilselvan will be contesting from Theni seat, Parthiban will be seen contesting from Arakkonam seat while Palaniappan will contest from Dharmapuri constituency. The other prominent names in the list are Trichy’s former mayor Sarubala Thondaiman and former speaker K Kalimuthu’s son David Annadurai who will fight polls from Madurai.

Dhinakaran also released AMMK’s manifesto. Following are the highlights of AMMK manifesto:

  • Waiver of student loans and attempts made for exemption from NEET exams for TN students.
  • Waiver of all agricultural loans and also a waiver of loans procured for small businesses from the Co-operative banks.
  • Attempts to declare the Delta Region as an Agricultural Zone and enforce a permanent ban on all those industries that affect farming and agriculture.
  • Insist on making Tamil as the official governing language and stop giving licenses to liquor breweries in the Tamil Nadu state.
  • Pensions for senior citizens to be raised from rupees 1000 to 2000
  • Insist to the Central government regarding the release of the seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination accused and also Muslim prisoners.
  • Setting up a separate Commission to monitor the price fluctuations of petrol and diesel prices.
  • Government servants pay to be fixed on the old scales and rural youth to be given loans of rupees fifty thousand to two lakhs.
  • Interest-free marriage loans of rupees two lakhs for private sector workers
  • Metro rail services in Coimbatore, Trichy and Madurai and complete closure of toll gates
  • 33 per cent reservation for women will be insisted in the Parliamentary.

Tamil Nadu will be voting on April 18th during the second phase of the seven-phased elections.

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