I f you thought promises of freebies were the domain of the big political parties with a chance of coming to power, think again. An independent candidate in Kancheepuram constituency in Tamil Nadu has decided to join the freebie fray.

If elected, A.N. Radhakrishnan of the All India Party for the Protection of Civil Rights has promised that two M.B.B.S. seats would be given free to talented SC/ST, BC and MBC students living in the Kancheepuram Assembly segment, in the medical college run by an educational trust headed by him.

Further, he says, two B.D.S seats, five nursing course seats, and 15 engineering seats would be offered free to brilliant students from the above categories, in educational institutions run by the trust he heads.

His list of freebies does not stop here. If elected, families under the poverty line will receive free medical treatment at the medical college and hospital at Enathur. Pregnant women in the constituency will benefit as well, with his offer of Rs.5,000 if they give birth at the hospital.