Friday, November 12, 2010

Karunanidhi assures assy: free power will not be scrapped

Chennai, Nov 11 (: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today informed the State Assembly that the free power scheme for farmers would not be scrapped.

Referring to apprehensions raised by some members following the arrest of 196 farmers, who tried to picket the state Assembly yesterday on the issue, Mr Karunanidhi said the scheme was first introduced by the DMK regime and it would definitely not be scrapped.

''I am assuring that the free power scheme for farmers will will not be scrapped,'' he told the House, allaying the fears of the farmers and the members, who raised the issue.

''The scheme is the brainchild of the DMK. We will not strangulate to death and throw away our own child," he said amid thumping of desks by the Treasury Benches.

The Chief Minister also ordered the release of all 196 farmers arrested and lodged in jail.

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