Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Southern (second) Front is open

The chances of the NDA (and that of the BJP) has always been zero in Tamil Nadu.

However, with the brand new seven party alliance in place we have to wait and see if things finally change in 2014. The BJP count likely to be still zero even while the vote share may substantially increase, partners may win a few seats.
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Interestingly, BJP managed to bring DMDK and PMK, parties which are poles apart, under the umbrella of the alliance which also comprises of MDMK, IJK and KMDK.
Under the seat-sharing agreement agreed upon by the allies, DMDK was given the lion's share of 14 out of 39 seats, followed by BJP and PMK at eight each. MDMK will be fighting from seven seats while IJK and KMDK will field candidates from one constituency each.

 
Singh made the announcement flanked by allies Vijayakanth (DMDK), Anbumani Ramadoss (PMK), Vaiko (MDMK) and Paariventhar and Easwaran from IJK and KMDK, respectively. However, PMK founder S Ramadoss was conspicuous by his absence. 
 

Singh said the fishermen's issue and the Sri Lankan Tamils issue would top BJP's agenda and accused the Congress of failing to ensure their interests. He promised that the BJP, if voted to power, would impress upon Sri Lanka for the welfare of Tamils, reflecting on an emotive issue being played by the Dravidian parties here in the run up to the elections.
 

The BJP-led alliance is hoping to put up a good show in the elections riding on the strong influence wielded by the respective parties in pockets of the state. For instance, PMK and DMDK have a considerable hold in northern Tamil Nadu while KMDK is believed to have the backing of a particular community in the Western belt.
 

BJP intends to invite Modi to address one or two election rallies, considering that his earlier shows at Tiruchirappally and Vandalur had evoked good response.

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