Karunanidhi keeps promise?

If there was one promise that excited the voters during the last election, it was DMK’s promise for free color TVs. While, critics lashed out at the promise, it was well received by the voters. So with DMK winning the election, everyone was keen to see if the government could implement such a promise.

Yesterday, Karunanidhi set all doubts to rest by distributing the first batch of free color TVs to the poor at Padappai near the city on the 98th birth anniversary of DMK founder C N Annadurai. Speaking at the function, in which 25,245 colour TV sets worth about Rs 9 crore were given to the residents of Samathuvapuram (a colony of all communities and creeds) at Thundalkazhani village in Padappai in Kanchipuram district, Karunanidhi said Rs 750 crore had already been allocated in the state budget for distributing 25 lakh colour TV sets.

Perhaps the best part of the speech was when Karunanidhi responded to Jayalalitha’s allegation that funds for the scheme was inadequate,

“Even in marriages, feasts are provided in batches, since it was not possible to feed all the guests at the same time. A person who is invited in the third or fourth batch will wait patiently without complaining. That is how cultured people behave”


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