WITH the countdown having begun for the Meeting polls in Tamil Nadu, each the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK alliances have hit roadblocks.
The AIADMK is in a repair as allies BJP and RSS wish to facilitate re-entry into the celebration of ousted basic secretary V Ok Sasikala, the closest aide of the late J Jalayalithaa. On the opposite facet, the DMK is refusing handy out extra seats to the Congress.
A senior AIADMK minister mentioned a late-night assembly of Union Residence Minister Amit Shah with Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam of the AIADMK in Chennai on Sunday evening wasn’t conclusive. However the BJP is anticipated to maintain urgent the Sasikala situation within the coming days by means of a number of channels and emissaries.
This stays the principle stumbling block now within the alliance, an AIADMK chief mentioned. “Seat-sharing talks are nearly over. Prime ally PMK will get 23 seats, the BJP will get 21 constituencies as effectively the ticket for the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat (whose sitting Congress MP died of Covid-19 final 12 months).” The AIADMK will contest 170 seats.
In 2016, of the 234 seats, the AIADMK contested in 227 seats and received 136; the PMK and BJP contested individually and didn’t open account. The DMK fought in 178 and received 89 seats.
The AIADMK minister mentioned, “The BJP believes Sasikala’s re-entry would assist the AIADMK-NDA alliance. However whereas Panneerselvam was okay with this, Palaniswami wasn’t. His camp might be apprehensive of Sasikala (who known as the photographs throughout Jayalalithaa’s time) capturing the celebration if allowed again. He fears that leaders would grow to be her dummies.”
That Sasikala nonetheless wields clout within the celebration is obvious. The AIADMK chief quoted above mentioned nearly half the celebration needs her to return. “No less than 50% of the leaders suppose it’ll strengthen the celebration. Many from the delta and southern districts are Sasikala loyalists. Panneerselvam additionally agrees with the BJP plan.”
A senior BJP chief mentioned that they had ready a listing of 60 potential seats they may contest and demanded 33 seats from the AIADMK. Whereas claiming ignorance in regards to the AIADMK’s declare of giving 21 seats to the BJP, the chief hinted they’d be okay with this quantity if the Sasikala faction was accommodated within the alliance.
The issues are more durable for the DMK, that sees itself as having a profitable shot. Chief M Ok Stalin is main a a lot larger alliance, together with the Congress, Left, and different smaller events. He’s insistent that the DMK contest 170 to 180 seats not less than.
Nonetheless, talks with the Congress have been caught. “The Congress has demanded a minimal 34 seats whereas the DMK is of the view that they can’t give greater than 18 seats,” mentioned a Congress chief from the state. In 2016, the Congress had received solely eight of the 41 seats it contested. The one different celebration to open its account within the state in 2016 aside from the AIADMK, DMK and Congress was IUML, with 1 seat.
Stalin’s powerful stance within the seat talks with the Congress additionally has to do along with his perception that this election — the primary with out supremos Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi within the image — is in his pocket, establishing him lastly as his father’s rightful inheritor.
“Not solely his skilled strategist Prashant Kishor, who doesn’t see faces however solely figures and information, however Stalin’s closest circle within the celebration and household too have given him the impression that the DMK can win by itself,” mentioned a DMK chief.
Warning in opposition to this “overconfidence”, the chief added, “Stalin had adopted the identical method in 2016, resulting in the DMK’s defeat. Hope he received’t repeat the error.”
On the similar time, the high-profile highway exhibits of Rahul Gandhi previously few days haven’t gone down effectively with the DMK. “These have grow to be unique programmes of the Congress. That’s unlucky,” the DMK chief identified.
Ought to the seat talks within the two camps fall by means of, it’ll damage each the AIADMK and DMK. That may go away them pitted in opposition to not solely the Congress and Sasikala but in addition smaller events resembling Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam.