The 2016 Tamil Nadu elections could see a ‘dramatic realignment’ of parties as arch rivals AIADMK and DMK try out new political combinations, reports The Economic Times.
The prospects of DMK and Congress coming together could prompt Jayalaithaa to align with GK Vasan's Tamil Maanila Congress. BJP's poor show in the last LS polls, could see DMDK's Vijayakanth reconsidering his alliance with the saffron party, says the newspaper.
Senior BJP leader L Ganesan cozied up to both the leading parties in Tamil Nadu praising AIADMK and not ruling out alliance with the DMK either.
The News Minute reports that Ganesan, speaking in Namakkal, said the BJP is in touch with parties which were part of the NDA alliance during the Lok Sabha elections for possible tie-ups during assembly elections.
Ganesan said AIADMK is the only party which has the “guts” to go it alone in Tamil Nadu while other parties hunt for allies.
DMK party President M Karunanidhi is sticking to his line that all poll pacts should be 'welcomed'.
"We will not say no to parties willing to come (into DMK-led) alliance. We will welcome any party which will ensure democracy's victory," Karunanidhi said earlier this week.
DMK has been attempting to stitch a formidable alliance against the ruling AIADMK and Karunanidhi had even invited Vijayakanth-led DMDK for a poll-pact to face the coming elections.
Vijayakanth, the Opposition Leader in Tamil Nadu Assembly, had aligned with J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK in the 2011 elections, in which DMK was routed and relegated to the second spot among the opposition parties with a mere 23 seats in the 234-member House.
Jaya tells cadre to "destroy rivals"
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said she will finalise the AIADMK strategy for the upcoming Assembly polls “at an appropriate time” and has kept the question marks on pre- poll alliances wide open.
Jayalalithaa underlined the party's performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in which AIADMK emerged as the third largest party in Parliament. “I will take the right decision as per the situation like the way we did in the past. There is no uniform strategy to win elections." she said.
The AIADMK party has formed the government in the state six times - three times under the party founder late M.G. Ramachandran and three times under Jayalalithaa,
"Parties that were part of the AIADMK alliance in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls were not the party’s allies for the 2011 Assembly polls,"Jayalalithaa said referring to the Left parties and Vijayakanth’s DMDK.
Speaking in the Assembly last week, Jayalalithaa asserted that the electoral promises made by the AIADMK in 2011 have been fulfilled and said her government has made all round progress across sectors in the past nearly five years.
She listed a slew of welfare schemes and freebies including 20 kilo rice at free of cost, cooking oil and pulses at highly subsidised prices to ration card holders every month, green houses and free of cost milch cows, and goats to beneficiaries.
“Although we are implementing several welfare schemes so that people could live peacefully, charges are being made continuously inside and outside the House, and accusations are being made...though we give explanation for the charges that were made against us, some persons repeat their falsehood.”
“I don’t see growth only as economic growth, growth should reach each and every one. This is a government for the common man and poor, it is a government that uplifts the have-nots,” she said amid thumping of treasury benches.
On higher education, Jaya said Tamil Nadu stood first at the national level. “While Gross Enrollment Ratio at the national level is 23.6 per cent, in Tamil Nadu it has touched 44.8 per cent,” she said adding the GER stood at 18 per cent when she assumed power in 2011.