The ruling All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) ,which is facing the coming Lok Sabha polls as an ally of the BJP, has said it is against Uniform Civil Code and is for reducing the GST, two issues which have alienated the Modi regime in the last five years.
The manifesto released on Tuesday by party coordinator O Pannerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palanisami, has said “exorbitantly high rates” of GST have badly affected the small business sector and it will ask the Government of India to revisit it.
It also says it will urge the Government of India not to bring any Constitution amendment bill for a Uniform Civil Code as it will affect the religious rights of minorities. In another bid to woo the alienated minorities, it says it will urge the Government to implement the report of the Sachar Committee that the benefits of reservation available to Hindu Scheduled Castes and Tribes should also be extended to members of these communities who have converted to Christianity and Islam.
Like the DMK, the AIADMK also bats for greater devolution of Central revenue to States. It says the GST revenue should be fully devolved to States to compensate for loss of Sales Tax revenue. Overall, 60 per cent of Central revenues should devolve to States, it has said in its manifesto.
The AIADMK also says that the Government of India should “direct” the RBI and NABARD to lower interest on loans given to agriculture, industry and service sector adversely affected by the GST. It says the Centre should also ask banks to relax “stringent norms” for such loans.
The AIADMK says the “frequent and alarmingly high increases “in petrol and diesel prices have fuelled inflation. The Centre should, therefore, take away the power to fix the prices from oil producing consortium of companies and fix “people friendly prices”.
The AIADMK also shares DMK’s view that education should revert to States list and NEET for admission to professional courses should be abolished. It also says the Cauvery delta region should be declared a protected agricultural zone and all loans taken by farmers from national banks and cooperative banks should be waived by the Centre.
The DMK is for linking of all peninsular rivers. The AIAMDK specifically favours linking Cauvery with Godavari. While DMK fails to mention inter-river disputes with neighbouring States, the AIADMK says it will urge the Centre not to clear Karnataka’s proposal to build a reservoir across Cauvery in Mekadattu. Likewise,the Centre should “restrain “ Kerala from objecting to Tamil Nadu’s move to raise the height of Mullaperiyar to 152 ft. The Centre should also stop Kerala from building a baby dam across Mullaperiyar, it says.
It calls for a national commission for fishermen and enhancement of subsidy given to fishermen during the no-fishing period to Rs 7,000 . It also says the Kachavitu should be retrieved from Sri Lanka so that Tamil Nadu fishermen fish there.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme should provide jobs for 200 days to the rural jobless against the prevent 100 days per person, it says.
The AIADMK supports 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State legislatures. Likewise, it will also seek an increase in number of self-help groups of women and increase the assistance given to them under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Yojana National Urban Livelihood Mission .
It also favours raising the income tax exemption limit to Rs 8 lakh a year and standard deduction upto Rs 1 lakh.