Stalin launches campaign in Tiruvarur

DMK president M K Stalin will launch his Lok Sabha and Assembly bypoll election campaign from Tiruvarur, the home town of his father and late party leader M Karunanidhi, from today. Stalin released the party's election manifesto at the party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Tuesday. Stalin's sister and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, Tiruchi Siva and other senior leaders were also present during the manifesto release.

Siva said, "We would be focusing on two sides, now that we have to criticise and expose the functioning of the state government which has failed in all its walk of life, administration has totally collapsed, only corruption prevails, this government has completed nearly eight years and thereafter we have just felt stagnation, so we have to expose this government and to unseat the BJP government that is totally paralysing the Constitution."

Stalin, who has been the star campaigner of the party ever since his father took ill, will cover the Nagapattinam Lok Sabha constituency and the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency on Wednesday. It will be followed by a public meeting in Tiruvarur. DMK's manifesto stated that the party would scrap the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) if brought to power.

The party has also promised to waive off all educational loans of students. Stalin said the DMK is opposed to conducting of NEET in Tamil Nadu and will take steps to get it abolished if the party is part of the next government at the Centre.