A political blog from me after a long time!
With the 2024 Lok Sabha election nearing fast, we are
getting to hear multiple interpretations on the state of things. Foremost is
about the state of alliances in Tamilnadu. With EPS looking unwilling to align with
the BJP, there is a common perception that it will lead to a 3-cornered contest
which would work to the advantage of the ruling DMK.
This stark fact is known to the BJP as well and as
such we can expect the BJP think tank at the center to create a 2-cornered
contest. They won’t allow a 3-cornered contest in Tamilnadu. How this will
take shape is palpable from certain quick developments seen in the recent days.
These developments work in two ways – political and creation of an
Politically, the game of waiting on EPS is almost over.
After his return from Delhi, Annamalai has
upped the ante for go-it-alone mode which means retaining the lead in the NDA alliance
and not depending on the ADMK. This might send shock waves in both the ADMK and
the BJP over the prospect of three or multi cornered contest, but think of the
way politicians behave. Politics means life time business for most in the two
Dravidian parties. They cannot exist without power or brokerage. They will sway
towards the side where the winds are favorable. The early indication on the
ADMK camp has become palpable recently.
OPS was a given a breathing space just a few days ago
when he was given an audience with the top brass of the BJP including the Prime
Minister on the sidelines of the swearing-in of the Gujarat Assembly. OPS, and
not EPS was spotted in the front row of that ceremony. Is the central BJP having
second thoughts on EPS? Have they decided to lend tacit support to OPS with
a view to garner Thevar segments?
Imagine a scenario when OPS severs from the ADMK
and forms his own faction; he will be taken into the NDA. But do you think that
the whole of lot of seasoned politicians in the EPS camp would remain as dump spectators?
They knew very well that they cannot win in a 3-cornered contest in 2024. The
situation will be no different in 2026 too. Political acumen dictates that they
join with OPS, though there may not be many direct entrants to the BJP. I
expect a considerable number of MLAs (both sitting and ex) to throw their
weight behind OPS. This would be more certain, if the DMK also is headed for
Yes, split in the DMK appears very certain given the
hard fact that the CBI is tightening its noose around Kanimozhi. From Delhi
Rajagopal’s inputs it looks certain that Kanimozhi along with A. Raja is
going to face legal troubles. Does this not offer an opportunity to fix a deal to make Kanimozhi do a
Shinde in Tamilnadu? (Tempted to link Annamalai’s soft corner for
Trichy Surya for the likely utility he can offer in this scenario).
The elevation of Udayanidhi had not come a day
later that there are more cons than pros in his elevation. The old-timers who
are not willing to carry a fresh sand bag (Manal Moottai) in Udayanidhi would
be more than willing to side with Kanimozhi who would be happier to start her
own party “KDMK”
This is likely to get the support of M.K. Azhagiri
too whose bastion (Madurai) is becoming the focus of attention for the BJP as
the venue for G-20 meetings. Azhagiri may be lying low but his supporters are
just dormant and bidding their time. Moreover, would Azhagiri lose a chance to
promote his son when he gets a chance to checkmate the rise of Stalin’s son?
If the DMK is splitting, it means NDA’s chances are
increasing. The ADMK split would be complete with more heavyweights coming to
OPS camp. Should I need to tell that OPS and Kanimozhi would be part of the
A split DMK and a split ADMK would make the
contest in favor of the NDA.
The final nailing would be given by the Prime Minister
Modi, the Master Strategist!
What Rangaraj Pandey told in Tamilnadu
Dialogues would become true. Modi would contest from Tamilnadu – preferably from
Kanchi – in addition to his present constituency Varanasi.
The environment comes into focus here.
The focus of Kasi-Tamil Sangamam on ordinary people
from mofussil and rural regions of Tamilnadu would have a pro-Modi impact on
the rural populations who care to go to the polling booth. The local booth-worker
network of the TNBJP has a big role.
Modi’s love for Bharatiyaar makes me think that
he may be toying with the idea of contesting from Kanchipuram
– a place mentioned by Bharatiyar in the context of Kashi (making a
communication equipment to deliver the poems of Kashi-poets to Kanchi). If he
contests from Kanchipuram, it would have an impact on the whole of Chennai
which is mostly a DMK stronghold. That hold of the DMK would be broken by Modi
contesting from Kanchi.
With Kanimozhi faction and OPS faction coming into
reality and joining the NDA (no other go once they come out) and scores of
others coming under the NDA, it would enable an all-round presence throughout
Tamilnadu. Modi entering the fray in Tamilnadu in that scenario would definitely
charge the atmosphere. This is more probable in the given situation and the
kind of developments in the last few days – that can avert a 3-cornered contest.
The loser will be EPS who seems to think
that is a la Jayalalithaa!
Jayalalithaa was taller enough to challenge Modi – and
ask the electorate to choose between Lady and Modi. But today there is no challenger to Modi
and EPS is no Lady! High time EPS realizes
this or else… Handling Tamilnadu to opt for 2-cornered contest is not a tough
task for the strategists of the BJP.
PS: The hate Modi campaign by Dravida Model people is centred around GST and Demonetization. It's good these two are now under the purview of the Supreme court. A favourable verdict before 2024 elections will go a long way in defusing the hate campaign of the D Stock.
The only other hate factor is the propaganda that BJP is 'matha- vaada katchi'. By consolidating majority vote bank, possible to do a cake-walk