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Election time in Tamil Nadu is the time to win people over with freebees. Here's how the parties play the game

J Jayalalithaa
J Jayalalithaa

With people in Tamil Nadu set to decide their fate on May 16, the state's key political parties - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) - are working night and day to prepare their manifestos, which, in the past, largely contained a list of freebies for voters. Over the past decade, successive governments in the state have spent nearly $2 billion (Rs 11,561 crore) largely on three freebie schemes: colour television sets, laptops and household appliances. Here's a look at what the parties have doled out in the ...