PMK cannot stand Karunanidhi’s son Stalin taking over as the next chief minister of Tamilnadu. Nor can Karunanidhi stand anyone but Stalin taking over as the next chief minister of Tamilnadu (assuming the DMK alliance wins) at the next elections.
CJ: S Shivakumar, Merinews
A WEDDING between the offspring of functionaries of two political parties is no news. But it is news, particularly in Tamilnadu, when one functionary belongs to PMK and the other belongs to AIADMK. Yes, the matrimonial alliance between the two offspring may pave the way for a political alliance between the two parties sitting on opposite sides in the Tamilnadu assembly now. Is it just a rumour or an attempt at sensationalism? But going by the cold war, which is already on between the DMK and the PMK, political observers are just not inclined to dismiss the report as mere rumour.
Coming to the point, PMK leader GK Mani’s son is to wed the daughter of M Chandrasekaran, joint secretary of the ‘Jayalalithaa Peravai’ of Kanchipuram West. The Peravai is a prominent wing of the AIADMK. Since Jayalalithaa as well as Ramadoss are to attend the wedding and bless the couple, the wedding is seen to be as something more than a social occasion.
It is a certainty that the two leaders from opposite camps will attend the wedding considering that Ramadoss, his son and union minister Anbumani and AIADMK MLAs attended the engagement ceremony held on June 6, earlier. Functionaries as well as leaders of the two political parties are said to have behaved like long-lost friends on the occasion. Lending some credence to the rumour, GK Mani is presently camping at Ooty with his family apparently to meet Jayalalithaa at the Kodanad estate and invite her to the wedding. Though Mani himself denied such reports, political observers rely on circumstantial evidence.
It is a fact that there is not much love lost between the DMK and the PMK these days (vide, ‘Tamilnadu: PMK sees the writing on the wall’ and ‘Karunanidhi shows Ramadoss who’s the boss’). PMK cannot stand Karunanidhi’s son Stalin taking over as the next chief minister of Tamilnadu.
Nor can Karunanidhi stand anyone but Stalin taking over as the next chief minister of Tamilnadu (assuming of course that the DMK alliance will emerge victorious at the assembly elections). The PMK therefore has a vested interest in wooing Jayalalithaa and as far as PMK is concerned, Jayalalithaa is more acceptable than Stalin as the next chief minister of Tamilnadu. The wily Karunanidhi is aware of this fact and hence has been gravitating towards actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK.
Vijayakanth, popularly called ‘black MGR’ is the founder-president of the DMDK party and has already made overtures to the Congress party. In fact he has initiated talks with the Congress. He hopes to capture power in Tamilnadu with the help of the Congress party. If fair MGR can capture power in Tamilnadu, so can the black MGR, believe the rank and file and leaders of the DMDK.
In return, the black MGR will be generous to the Congress party in respect of allocation of Lok Sabha seats. The pity with the Congress party in Tamilnadu is that it cannot win on its own either at the assembly elections or at the Lok Sabha elections. It has to necessarily ride piggyback on DMK or AIADMK. Some national party this!
The developments suit Jayalalithaa too since an alliance with Ramadoss can help her in bagging the support of the PMK’s committed and concentrated Vanniyar vote bank. If she manages to win over the PMK, the latter will drive a hard bargain, for sure.
Equally surely, the DMDK will drive a hard bargain if Karunanidhi manages to win over the DMDK. Elections in Tamilnadu have never ceased to be interesting. This time, it is going to be no different. The cinema, politics combination perhaps has something to do with it.
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Nayan: The AIADMK and PMK, expected to hold hands for the Lok Sabha elections, may begin their courtship during the September 1 wedding between PMK leader G.K. Mani's son and the daughter of a senior AIADMK functionary. With both AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and PMK founder Dr. S. Ramadoss slated to grace the function, there is every possibility that the wedding, likely to be held at the Nehru Indoor Stadium, will assume greater political significance than being another social occasion.