In the just concluded May 2016 elections, Jayalalithaa has come out victorious with 41% vote share and 132 / 232 seats with her at the time of writing this. This is a victory of sorts as she has broken the yo-yo effect and retained power consecutively for the 2nd time which is the first in the last 30 years. She has made this despite the heavily loaded negative campaign against her by all the opposition parties and a majority of the media. She was simple and straight forward and sounded honest and positive throughout the campaign. Expectedly 41% of the electorate had reposed their faith in her.
But that did not discount the rise of the DMK as the opposition though DMK has polled only 31.3% . But its coalition with Congress whose presence was almost nil until now, had fetched it 37.7% votes.
That had given it nearly a 100 seats which is a matter of concern, as only when TN reaches DMK-free status, can it grow well. A strong DMK means nearly 37% of TN population is liable for corruption, immorality and difficult to reason with. This is not an exaggeration, but DMK supporters have always exhibited one of the three mentioned in the previous sentence. DMK would never allow its supporter to think. Most recent example can be seen in what Dayanidhi Maran told to the media after the results were almost out.
With Karunanidhi and Stalin going into hiding, Dayanidhi Maran came out to give the mind of the DMK leadership. What he told was expected. He blamed vote for money as the reason for ADMK's victory. But he harped on the 570 crore seizure which originally belonged to the Bank. Only yesterday it was made clear in the High court that Reserve Bank had sent that money as part of moving the cash from one bank to another. Till the last day of polling, the DMK misused this seizure to discredit Jayalalithaa. In my opinion, this last minute propaganda could have cost a few seats for Jayalalithaa or played into the margin as to help the DMK candidate in as many as a dozen seats. But having known it very well that the money belongs to the Bank, Dayanidhi Maran raked it up in his talk to the media and said how JJ had planned to distribute the money. The sight of DMK supporters welcoming that shows that a DMK supporter would never be allowed to know the truth whatever it be in any situation and that they would remain fools as ever to blindly take up whatever their leaders say.
That means nearly 2/5th of people of Tamilnadu are going to remain as dull headed flock and be happy about it. The DMK with such a following means competitive politics will have to continue for some more time.
The only ray of hope I have in this backdrop, is the 2G case, cases against Maran brothers and the newly cropped up Sadhik Batcha murder. May be for the kind of DMK goons and DMK culture that has pervaded Tamilnadu for more than half a century, human efforts are not enough to undo them or uproot them. Destiny must keep its date and push the DMK (Karunanidhi) family into the abyss of no return. With Jayalalithaa being more passive, positive and God fearing, let Destiny stand beside her and remove the DMK evil to make Tamilnadu free from its hold.