Change becomes visible in TN
Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
Election fever swept across the nation and Tamilnadu too did not remain an exception. What made the southern Indian state special in many regards was the elections here were a twin battle.
For political parties here it was a battle to prove their mettle in both parliamentary elections and assembly elections. While Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) showed a splendid performance in parliamentary polls, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has won the number of seats that would save their government.
While concentrating on both parliamentary and assembly elections at the sometime was no easy task by any means, fighting elections this time was bit challenging for both the parties owing to non-presence of their major leaders M Karunanidhi (DMK) and J Jayalalithaa (AIADMK). Both of them had to go to polls this time in the absence of their popular leaders.
Mere presence of their charismatic leaders was enough to get good number of votes, both the major parties did not have that advantage this time owing to the death of their popular leaders. Prospects turned better for DMK when people of this state spelt out their mandate on May 23.
DMK has a strong leader in M K Stalin, a leader who can win the confidence of people, give a good administration. This perhaps has helped the party to put up an impressive show in the parliamentary polls. While AIADMK has managed to win required number of seats in the assembly bypolls now, it remains to be seen as to how the tide would turn in the near future when Tamilnadu will face assembly elections.
Needless to say, leadership is an issue that has to be strengthened as far as AIADMK is concerned. This lacuna may not help in gaining peoples confidence. With an impressive performance in the parliamentary polls by DMK, it remains to be seen as to wether they would be playing a crucial role in the centre as they did in the past.