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Updated: February 6, 2014 21:01 IST

AIADMK seeking larger role in national polity

T. Ramakrishnan
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It aspires to play crucial role in government formation at the Centre

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which has finalised tie-up with the Left parties for the Lok Sabha polls, will be, for the first time in over four decades of its existence, seeking a larger role in the national polity.

This message was loud and clear, both at the party’s general council in December and more recently in the speech of Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa in the Assembly on Monday.

In her reply to a debate on the Governor’s address in the House, the Chief Minister, speaking on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils, had observed that after the Lok Sabha elections, her party would be in a position to shape policies at the Centre. More or less the same point, she made at the party general council in December. She had then said when the general council met next (December 2014), the party should be the guiding force for the nation. For over one and a half years, the party has been preparing itself to meet the polls, by holding consultative meetings in every Lok Sabha constituency.

Like in 2004, this time too, the party is expected to contest in 30 and odd Lok Sabha constituencies. Then, the AIADMK had fought the elections together with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), fielding its nominees in 33 constituencies and seeking votes for the sitting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 2009, when the party headed a coalition that included the Left, the Pattali Makkal Katchi and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, its concentration was more on highlighting “failures” of the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre and the then Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government in the State. But, now, the focus of its campaign will be entirely different and the party aspires to play a crucial role in the government formation at the Centre, even as Ms. Jayalalithaa has made it amply clear that it is now pointless for any party to enter into the question – who the next Prime Minister would be.

Echoing her point, G. Ramakrishnan, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), feels that there is no need to view the Lok Sabha elections from the prism of presidential type of elections.

Referring to the 1967 elections in Tamil Nadu when polls to Lok Sabha and the State Assembly took place simultaneously, the CPI(M) leader points out that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder C.N. Annadurai did not contest for the Assembly polls but he chose to participate in the Lok Sabha elections. It was only after the results of the Assembly polls that Annadurai had decided to become Chief Minister. Mr. Ramakrishnan recalls that at the time of Lok Sabha polls in 2004, there was no talk of Manmohan Singh becoming Prime Minister. “Did he not become the PM eventually?” he asks.

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A good eye opener. Hope Jaya and co win the same 15 and BJP and alliance
wins an equal 15 or even more. Time to rise from religious politics and
vote decisively for a stable govt. at the centre which certainly is non-
congress. Third front is just a garland to a group of monkeys. No use
whatsoever and brings a dangerous situation

from:  Vatto
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 08:40 IST

Only a BJP-AIADMK combine with MDMK can get all forty seats in TN and
Pondicherry. In the absence of such a unity, the people's mandate is
going to be fractured. In the AAP leaked telephone calls, people wonder,
"do people in the slums know, what this 2G scam is all about?", the
purported police officer responds by saying, tell them it is some urea
scam. With such vote bank for the DMK, it would be hard to win all forty
seats without BJP, MDMK and DMDK.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 07:46 IST

This is sheer day dreaming by admk. There is strong undercurrent against the admk in tamilnadu. They have not solved any of the issues like law and order, power cut, price rise, corruption, administration not toned up. ADMk will not get bulk of the new young voters. DMk is also down. Good chance if BJP can bring together dmdk, mdmk, pmk, kongu party and others. They can come near 30 % mark. admk will get about 28% dmk about 25 % congress 6% others balance. admk can not win majority seats. people who voted for admk in last elections are disappointed lot and . now no way they will vote for admk.

from:  ravi v
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 05:23 IST

Dr. J is the most capable person to lead the country if only she had
ability to tolerate criticism and lead a team.

In TN, she is the only minister, all announcements are made by her,
tasks are not delegated to ministers but to the dept secretaries
directly, the ministers are dummies. One of the reasons why TN e-
Governance is not on par with Gujarat.

This is where Modi excels. While Dr. J scores very high on other
skills Modi's track record as a team leader is fantastic.

from:  Ganapathi S
Posted on: Feb 6, 2014 at 00:38 IST

Bravo Selvi Jayalalithaa!
The next election will be a complete different in TN as voters will be dumping the DMK and Congress for their collaboration to the genocide of the Eelam Tamils. Further Jayalalithaa is much more pragmatic and a better leader than the Italian Sonia.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 17:30 IST

Like 2004, they will contest 33 seats in 2014 & draw blank. Good for
Tamilnadu & very good for India

from:  venkatesh
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 16:41 IST

The influence would have been more if she would had contested single
handed neither she did nor she joined hand with BJP is very hard to
conquer narpathu namatha. There was a wave as we knew jaya was a friend
of modi but the task is too far please consider again bcoz i dont want u
to lose this election

from:  raj kumar
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 16:27 IST

A look at the table easily reveals that ADMK can never take more than 18
seats.The 18 came when they had allied with BJP. Alliance with CPM and
CPI is not going to take them anywhere. ADMK should try for an alliance
with BJP and in future should not repeat the blunder of withdrawing
support to Central government

from:  K Srinivasan
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 15:39 IST

A psephology analysis of the poll statistics of AIDMK during the last
decade shows clearly its roller coaster performance at the hustings.At
the moment it is not as major as BJP or the Congress.Nor does it have
a national mission objective , an Action Plan to present to the
voters, and a distinct endearing national vision.Ms J ,like what Mr
Modi was till a decade ago, is strictly a regional player with limited
regional appeal when all is said and done.And to boot she shares her
non committal smiles and vast silences with Rahul!She is not game
enough YET,sorry, to play on a national stage!I hope she takes this in
good spirit.

from:  Dr Sadasivan
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 14:44 IST

Larger role in national polty is good for AIADMK as well as for the
state of Tamil Nadu. However, truck with communists is not going to
help in any way. When there is a wave better join or show inclination
of support. This will help in leverage for bargains later on. There
is absolutely no AAP wave in TN nor there is going to be one. If
AIADMK wants to go alone, they will be dividing their vote with BJP.
Better to avoid this

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 14:34 IST

Presumably, this time the same is going to repeat. lol.. :-)

from:  Sriraman
Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 13:12 IST

The mental make up of Jeyalalita will not allow any coalition government to function any where, leave alone the centre. It will draw a blank as it happened in 2004.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014 at 11:26 IST
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