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Jayalalithaa is aiming for the Prime Minister’s seat

Votes: 4230

With advertisements across national dailies today trumpeting her government’s achievements, J Jayalalithaa may be giving a subtle hint that she is readying herself for a role that extends beyond the boundaries of the state of Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa has been meeting with other state leaders including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in what some see as preparation for a greater national role that she hopes to play. Is the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister preparing the country for her next big role, maybe even that of Prime Minister?
Defending the motion

iAgree

Jayalalithaa is clearly projecting her political power at a pan-Indian level - perhaps with an eye on Prime Ministership. She has a strong base in a big State, and although she shares ideological affi nity with the NDA, she can, under certain conditions, be the ‘compromise candidate’ of even a Congress-supported or a Third Front alliance. Go Puratchi Thalaivi!  
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Against the motion

iDisagree

Jayalalithaa will not aim for the office of the Prime Minister because she is acutely aware that her political constituency is Tamil Nadu and not Delhi. She is not Lalu, Mayawati or Mulayam who flit t o Parliament when they lose power in the state and get back when times change. If all goes well, with bulk of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and her non-Congress network, she is certainly capable of calling the shots though.
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