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Textiles part of winning election game in India
May '11
Textiles are part of the winning party's election manifesto in the State of Tamilnadu, India. Election results for the 234 seat state assembly held a month back were announced on May 13th.

The southern state of Tamilnadu, which is the home for the largest concentration of spinning industry in India with over 1900 spinning mills voted out the current ruling party which won the election using a freebies bonanza in 2006.

Freebies have become a part of the election game in Tamilnadu state these days. Tamilnadu, which is the 7th most populated state in India with 72 million people elected the current opposition party, AIADMK led by ex-film star and a former Chief Minister, Ms. J. Jayalalitha with a stunning majority.

Among the many freebies in the election manifesto, such as free laptops for higher education students, the winning party has announced that it will provide four sets of school uniform to the students who are in the public education system. This is a good opportunity for textile industry as it has to provide uniform cloth to a large number of children. According to some statistics, the state has over 13 million school children between the age 6 and 18.

The incoming government has pledged that it will fulfill the election manifesto within 18 months. The new government in Tamilnadu, India has to deal with many issues which are near and dear to the textile industry such as power shortages, dyeing and processing industry issues such as closures, environmental problems and cotton availability.

Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

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