Five Factors that Will Decide Jaya’s Future as National Leader

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This Dravidian party has always had national ambitions – The AIADMK, or the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhadam. This time its supremo and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa might fancy a real short at realising that, given the political situation both nationally and in the state.

She has worked with alacrity and has some factors going in her favour. They could be:

 

1. Releasing Rajiv’s murder convicts:

When the state government decided to free the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, the move was welcomed by CPI, PMK, MDMK, VCK, and DMK in the state. Despite the SC ruling, Jaya can claim moral high-ground on this emotional issue in the state for taking the decision. It also took the wind off the sails of some Tamil chauvinist outfits. A definite move to get the local parties back her.


2. Quick to announce alliance:

The AIADMK was also quick to announce its alliance before other parties. While the other parties in the state are still undecided on their poll alliance, AIADMK might have the first mover advantage.

3. TN Developmental model vs. Gujarat model:

In a first of its kind, Jaya started pitching her development models to woo potential party candidates. Recently, functionaries from Congress, Janata Dal (u), NCP, BSP and Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat joined the AIADMK, days after Jayalalithaa released an election manifesto for Lok Sabha polls with a pan-India vision.

4. Forty LS Seats:

After AP’s bifurcation, TN remains the biggest state in the south in terms of LS constituencies. 40 (including Puducherry) seats is a sizeable number and if the party manages to win at least 30-35 of them, it will have a shot at making its ambitions a reality.

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5. Language and regional background:

Despite the recent pan-Indian approach, the party still remains a local unit. The reception for the Dravidian party will remain to be seen given its language and regional political background.

  • Guest

    The subliminal message sought to be sent out by releasing Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, now aborted by the apex court, might yield electoral gains in Tamil Nad but it will do serious damage to JJ’s image and acceptability as a national leader. It stirs dark emotions many people outside the South felt had been laid to rest for good.

  • Bahu Virupaksha

    Though this election is being faught on the issue of corruption, the DMk and other parties have not raked up the several cases against the CM. Playing the Tamil nationalist card exposes the hypocrisy as Jayalalithaa was vehemently opposed to the LTTE.

  • Sankara Narayanan

    The ambitions of JJ is understandable but how far she would be able to gather support from the leaders of other parties now forming part of the third front is a moot point.Otherwise , she is a born leader with acumen,erudite, knowledgeable and has an innate ability to grasp and understand complex issues and has administrative ability better than that of senior officers serving under her are all her plus points. There is this one thing going against her, an unfinished corruption case foisted upon her by Karunananidhi, the leader of the DMK party, nearly 11 years ago,inching its way to conclusion at a Court in Bengaluru.

  • Suresh naig

    Srilankan and LTTE were never an election issue in Tamil Nadu, save 1991, post Rajiv assassination, when the DMK was defeated by a huge margin. Though SriLanakan Tamil issue is an emotional one, Tamilians never forgave LTTE for the assassination of Rajiv. Time and again voters in Tamil Nadu have proved beyond doubt, that Tamil issue is different from LTTE issue.

  • venkatesh

    It is day dream for Jayalaliths & her supporters including some biased media like Express. Hope she will repeat her 2004 performance in 2014

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