Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Stalin does an MK - Tries out the Kalaignar way?

Breaking cacophony in the party that was existing among the ground level cadres, DMK's working president MK Stalin is now all set to fill the vacuum that was created after the party's president Karunanidhi's hospitalisation and bed rest. Stalin has commenced to write a new chapter in the party in which he is trying to emerge out in the shades of his father Karunanidhi.

Recently, when addressing the scribes at the party head quarters, Anna Arivalayam in Teynampet, I could easily notice that Stalin was gently exposing himself with the mannerisms of Karunanidhi with utter confidence and boldness in his speech.

MK Stalin and M Karunanidhi sharing a stage at a DMK's event couple of years back, Source: Times of India

Replying to the questions in the same satire tone of Karunanidhi, the DMK's working president Stalin was also commenting on present political situation persisting in Tamilnadu. He said, "The State government went dysfunctional for the past nine months ever since former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital. It has now become a very serious and immediate need for the State to get through the turmoil". He claimed that, every scheme and plan that were proposed by all three Chief Ministers in past nine months are still in papers and are not put to action yet.

Stalin, who has never responded to the press in such an ease and comfort level, firmly objected that the former caretaker chief minister O Paneerselvam is not real opponent of the Sasikala faction but, it is the DMK that is carrying out the entire counter force against the events that are being staged by the ruling party in the State and the assembly. Adding fuel to his own confidence level, Stalin addressed the press from the default chamber in Arivalayam from where Karunanidhi usually meets the reporters.

Further he said that the DMK is making attempts to meet the President of India Pranab Mukherjee in order to elaborate on the situation of politics in the State. "We will point out the confusions made in the no-confidence motion held recently in the State assembly and will push for a transparent and genuine no-confidence motion in the assembly right in the immediate next session".

Party sources said that Stalin will be travelling to New Delhi on Wednesday evening after completing a hunger strike in Trichy against the recent no-confidence motion brought out by the Council of Ministers.

During the meeting, Stalin denoted that it is against the laws of the assembly to evict a party's MLAs during no-confidence motion and also denied the allegations made by the AIADMK that the DMK members led to violence in the house. "We are inviting the youth and the students of the State to come out to the streets to participate in the State-wide hunger strike on Wednesday as this protest is not only for the DMK but for the welfare of entire Tamil community", Stalin said.

Stalin with his shirt ripped off after the recent no-confidence motion at the State assembly, Source: Hindustan Times

From all these inferences and the recent events (be it political stunts like the ripped shirt incident after no-confidence motion) in which Stalin has been exhibiting himself in front of the public and the media, all I can sense is the attempts of Stalin to replace himself in the minds of all his party cadres especially of those who have Karunanidhi close to heart. Leaving all these, I feel that Stalin strongly believes that a large emptiness is about to be created in Tamil Nadu politics in the near future for which he is heading to fill by harvesting a next level face value for his name.

There are advantageous factors that could boost himself into the vacuum right now is the absence of strong opponent. As Sasikala is imprisoned in one side, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is a newbie to the CM chair, O Panneerselvam has almost faded out from spotlight and the BJP is not yet ready to establish itself in the State. Similarly, unlike other familiar faces in the K-family, like Alagiri, Kanimozhi or Dayanidhi Maran, it is hard to point fingers at Stalin with a bigger allegations or scams.

So, all I feel is Stalin has some sufficient chances in this opponent less pitch to score and fill the run board. In the absence of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, Stalin really needs to act fast which hopefully he does at least to fulfill his long time CM dream.

Santhosh Mathevan,
Chennai, February 21, 2017.

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