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Tie-up

Well finally the ADMK has an alliance partner. The Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) has decided to align with the ADMK for the assembly polls. It was allocated 9 seats by the ADMK as per the agreement signed by Thirumavalavan and Jayalalitha earlier today. After the meeting between the two, Thirmavalavan said he was "immensely satisfied" with the accord as his party received "due respect and recognition" from the ADMK. The DPI has strong presence in the Cadalore region. In the last Lok Sabha elections Thirumavalavan contested alone and was able to poll nearly 2 lakh votes. His inclusion in certain to benefit the ADMK.

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Your Opinion

Well so far I have been presenting all of you with news and analysis. Now I would like some of your opinions. This week I will start of by asking you guys to let me know who you think will be the be the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu? Of course, the obvious contenders (in no particular order) are M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalitha, MK Stalin, Ramadoss, Vijayakanth and Vaiko. Or it may be someone else if there is a hung assembly in the state. Please let me know your opinion.

Was “Amma” responsible for Vaiko’s alliance with the DMK?

Well it may not exactly what you are thinking but according to R Rangaraj of the online portal chennaionline, the main reason for Vaiko to finally decide on aligning with the DMK was his mother. According to MDMK insiders, Vaiko's mother beseeched him not to join hands with the lady (referring here to Jayalalitha) who cruelly jailed him for years together under the dreaded POTA and even opposed the court's decision to grant him bail. In contrast, she reportedly pointed out that DMK chief, M Karunanidhi, despite being in a rival political camp, made any number of efforts to persuade him to come out on bail and provided him moral courage at a crucial juncture in his career. The emotional appeal of his mother was that he should not ditch the man who stood by him during the greatest crisis of his career. Besides, former Union Ministers Senjee Ramachandran and Kannappan also persuaded Vaiko to remain in the DPA. The Article also points out that DMK initially offered MDMK a meagre 15-16 seats. Now it will be interesting in the days ahead to see if Vaiko will be able to bargin a higher number of assembly seats.

Article: Analysis – Vaiko faced revolt from seniors, family

Another surprising visitor?

While not many would have expected this to happen but the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, M. Karunanidhi, called on the former Assembly Speaker, K. Kalimuthu, at the Apollo Hospital on Friday evening to inquire about his health where the latter was admitted. The meeting between the two is indeed quite surprising given the animosity between the two when Kalimuthu was the Assembly Speaker.

Source: The Hindu

Expelled!

Well election season always brings a lot exciting developments. The lone MLA of the Forward Bloc in the TN Assembly L. Santhanam has been expelled from the party by the State executive committee. The commitee also decided to expel those who did not take part in the meeting in support of Santhanam. It was also decided to authorise cine actor M. Karthik, chairman and general secretary of the State unit, to finalise the poll strategy of the party.

Seat Sharing…

TN CPI leaders met with DMK chief M Karuanidhi in Chennai last night and handed over a list detailing the number and names of constituencies the party sought to contest in Tamil Nadu as part of the DMK-led front for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State. The CPI delegation comprised its secretary D Pandian, national leader R Nallakannu, C Mahendran (deputy general secretary) and Palanisamy (CPI legislature party leader in the Assembly). The discussions lasted nearly 30 minutes. Pandian later said the discussions were smooth and cordial. He declined to spell out the number of seats being sought by the CPI.

Jayalalitha’s rendezvous with cine field

"A delightful gathering Kollywood stars gathered in large numbers at University Centenary Auditorium in Chennai on Thursday where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa gave away State Film Awards for the year 2003 and 2004. The likes of Vikram, Jothika, Srikanth, Vivek, Laila, Meera Vasudevan, Srikanth Deva, Cheran, Harini, Hariharan among others received the award"

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If you can’t join them break them!

With MDMK announcing the other day its intension of continuing in the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA), it was certain that DPI led by Thirumavalavan won't be able to get many seats from the alliance. So Thirumavalavan appealed to the PMK to come out of the DPA and lead an 'alternative front' for the coming Assembly elections. However, he also said that if for some reason the PMK wasn't willing to join him, he may decide to support PMK in those seats it contests. To be honest, I really don't see the PMK coming out of the DPA. For the past few elections PMK was smart enough to contest elections in alliance with the DMK or ADMK . This led to a sharp increase in its seat tally in both the assembly and parliment.

Battle for Tamil Nadu – An Analysis

As you have seen from most of my past blog entries, I have merely been presenting you with election news. This time I would like to be a bit different and offer some analysis. The way I see this election shaping up is that the DPA alliance is very strong and arithmetically they should be able to easily surpass the majority. However, winning an absolute majority won't be a cake walk for DMK. This is because alliance partners are playing hardball and the DMK is likely to end up contesting less number of seats that it had hoped. One has to remember that ADMK was able to win an absolute majority by only contesting 140 seats in the last election. The DMK would be hopping to repeat the same. On the other hand, all is not lost for the ADMK. Their game plan should be to form a pre-poll alliance with the DPI and the newly formed party headed by actor Vijaykanth. Both these alliance partners will be crucial for the ADMK since DPI has strong presence in northern TN and Vijaykanth is quite famous in the south. The ADMK must also try to present itself as the underdog and try to cash in on any sympathy it can gain due to this. Jayalalitha has missed out on an excellent opportunity to lure away alliance partners from the DPA. But all is not lost. If in the event the polls end up being close, she might be able to get a few parties to change sides from the DPA. But on the whole at this point I certainly see the DPA alliance on a strong wicket.

Repaying Gratitude?

"Noted director turned actor Manobala joined AIADMK in the presence of Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday. He joins a slew of film personalities including Vijayakumar, Murali, Senthil and Liakath Ali Khan who joined the party recently. Manobala started his career as director and rendered several blockbusters including Rajinikanth's Oorkavalan. Recently he took to acting and his roles in movies Pithamagan and Anniyan won him good name. He is a busy actor today acting in over a dozen movies. It may be recalled that Manobala was recently selected for the Kalaimamani award by the State government."

Source: IndiaGlitz