New Delhi: Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2021, Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced that 12,110 crores of farm loans from cooperative banks will be waived to relieve farmers in the state. The decision that has been taken in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and two successive cyclones (Nigar, Burevi) will benefit nearly 16.43 lakh TN farmers. Also Read - Elections 2021: Here's How to Download Election Booth Slip Online For West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala And Puducherry
“It is important to help farmers revive farming,” said Palaniswami, adding that the scheme would come into immediate effect and the required financial allocation would be made by his government. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: Sasikala Alleges Her Name Removed From Voters' List, Will Sue Officials
Besides, the TN CM also announced that his government will give free COVID19 vaccine to all, as announced earlier and will make the state free of coronavirus.
CM Mocks DMK
Targeting the opposition DMK, the chief minister further asserted that the party had promised two acres of land, but failed to implement.
“The AIADMK was the only party that fulfills promises and also comes up with fresh welfare measures”, he claimed.
What happened in TN elections so far?
The AIADMK and the BJP would contest the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu together. “Both parties would face the polls together”, BJP national president JP Nadda had said.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, despite the speculation that AIADMK will join with BJP, the former contested alone and had resitered a thumping victory by bagging 37 out of 39 seats.
In the 2019 general elections, after the demise of former TN CM and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, AIADMK had joined forces with the NDA alliance. However, it was defeated by the DMK-Congress alliance and was able to get just one seat in Theni.
Following this AIADMK contest the bypolls alone which were held later that year.