Apologies for pasting this entire piece but it needs to be read:

It pays to be a voter in Tamil Nadu. Land, house, TV, mixie, grinder, fan, rice, laptop and mineral water – everything is available for free. It doesn’t matter whom you vote for, whichever principal party comes to power, the electorate is bound to make considerable gains.

After the DMK announced a string of freebies in its election manifesto, arch-rival AIADMK came out with its own edition of the sop opera.

If the DMK’s manifesto reads like a book about freebies, the AIADMK is not lagging behind. In fact, AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa has tried to beat her bete noire M. Karunanidhi at his own game by going one step ahead. Jayalalithaa has promised half a sovereign gold to women awaiting marriage apart from a cash assistance of Rs 25,000. Girls who are graduates or hold a diploma will get double the assistance. By dangling gold for the ‘thali’ (mangalsutra), she appears to have marched ahead in the game of one-upmanship.

If voted to power, the AIADMK assures to provide a fan, mixie and a grinder along with a plethora of sops. Unlike the DMK it is not either or but all the three appliances and the party supremo emphasised this while releasing the election manifesto at Trichy after filing her papers for the Sri Rangam constituency.

While the DMK had assured a grinder or mixie for every household, the AIADMK has offered both. Jayalalithaa, who had derided DMK’s freebie culture in 2006 assembly polls, has decided to give Karunanidhi a measure of his own medicine.

To counter Karunanidhi’s offer of laptops to all college students, she has assured to provide every Plus One and Two (Higher Secondary) student a laptop. On the DMK’s part it appears to be an afterthought, as initially the party had promised laptops to only SC/ST and OBC students in government and aided colleges. The offer was expanded by Karunanidhi while launching his election campaign at his native Tiruvarur on Wednesday. But, now it has been left gasping by Jayalalithaa’s offer.

Other sops on offer for school students from the AIADMK are four sets of uniform and footwear besides a hike in scholarship up to Rs 5,000 from class 10 onwards to bring down the dropout rate.

Each ration card holder will receive free 20 kg rice per month and the BPL families will get 20 litres of mineral water a day. The DMK has promised only 35 kg free rice. For women voters maternity leave has been promised to be increased to six months and pregnancy assistance hiked to `12,000.

Women self-help groups have been promised Rs 10 lakh as loan with a 25 per cent waiver.

In response to DMK’s assurance of 21 lakh concrete houses, the AIADMK has promised 3 cent land to families to construct homes besides offering 300 sq ft houses for the BPL households.

The scheme has been promised to be expanded to cover the middle class with a subsidy component of Rs 1 lakh.

The AIADMK also promised to nationalise multi-system operators (MSO) and revive the Arasu Cable (Government Cable Corporation) to provide free cable connection to the poor. The move will end the monopoly of the Maran brothers’ Sun TV Network’s Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV).

This ain’t funny anymore. As a taxpayer, this ought to make your blood boil. Chances are it’s your money being used to buy votes.

If you live in Tamil Nadu, I say f*ck the government! Do everything you can to evade taxes. Forge bills, don’t declare assets, keep your money black. You can be safe and smart about it. Pay an intelligent CA instead of wasting money by paying taxes.

The government doesn’t deserve your money.

Link via Bandra Girl.

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