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Tamil Nadu cites inclusive growth to challenge Supreme Court petition against freebies

Cows and colour TVs are among the many freebies promised by India's political parties to woo voters. PHOTOS: NYTIMES, AFP
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BANGALORE - Amid a petition to the Supreme Court seeking to regulate free items and services promised during elections in India, the southern state of Tamil Nadu has emerged as a prominent voice against any such control.

Known for its welfare schemes, Tamil Nadu is challenging the notion that freebies can bring financial ruin to a state and instead is insisting that they are necessary for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.

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