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Homecoming For The Queen Bee?

Jayalalitha plays the Hindu card to realign the state BJP with her. Meanwhile, a weakened DMK treads gingerly in the waters.

Homecoming For The Queen Bee?
R.S. Kumar
Homecoming For The Queen Bee?
outlookindia.com
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You can choose your friends, but not your relations, someone once said. But in Tamil Nadu, it looks like the DMK can choose neither. So if the AIADMK’s Jayalalitha relates more strongly to the BJP ideology (more than the BJP itself does publicly), it is but natural that the two have a kindred feeling. In fact, the state BJP seems to have greater regard for Jayalalitha than it has for the hamstrung Vajpayee government at the Centre. The result: formal alliance partner of the BJP, the DMK, looks all set to become former partner. But sources say an official severing of ties is likely to take some time.

For now, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi is showing qualified restraint. He did chastise the BJP state unit and declare that the DMK cannot have any truck with it at the state level, describing the signals sent out by it to Jayalalitha as unhealthy. However, he was quick to add that equations in New Delhi had not changed and that the DMK was very much with the NDA. Party MPs admit nevertheless that Karunanidhi is just hanging in, and that he will have to quit the government at the...

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