The MDMK has toned down its stand on the Sethusamudram project in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, in line with the ‘wishes’ of the BJP.
“With a view to strengthen the unity of India and to ensure blossoming of true federalism where the states get more powers, the Constitution should be reviewed in the light of Dr Ambedkar’s views, of course taking into account the past experiences,” the manifesto said and added that the MDMK would work for rechristening India as United States of India instead of the present Union of India.
Implementing federalism was the purpose of the Constitution when it was evolved, the manifesto said and pointed out that in due course, India has been made a country with a unitary system of government where states became powerless entities.
The MDMK said forming a separate Eelam for the Lankan Tamils alone would help resolve the ethnic conflict in Lanka and that the UNO should conduct a referendum.
Shutting down KKNPP, doing away with death penalty, banning genetically modified crops, implementing total prohibition, adopting the proportional representation system, bringing back black money stashed abroad, eliminating bonded labour, introducing new train routes in TN and lifting ban on LTTE in India are some of the other promises in the MDMK manifesto.