Captain chooses his team and BJP is not it

Captain Vijayakanth, the leader of DMDK, has chosen to go with DMK in Tamil Nadu

Rising Sun is Captain's choice as lotus wilts
Rising Sun is Captain's choice as lotus wilts

Captain Vijayakanth, the leader of DMDK, has chosen to go with DMK in Tamil Nadu

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he BJP’s efforts to cobble up a viable alliance in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming assembly election suffered a setback with the DMDK led by “Captain” Vijayakanth reportedly finalizing a deal with the DMK. According to vernacular evening dailies, the DMK has agreed to spare 59 assembly constituencies and one Rajya Sabha seat to the DMDK.

Though no official announcement has come from the DMK or the DMDK, intelligence sources in Chennai said that Vijayakanth is planning to visit Tirupati Balaji shrine on Thursday or Friday and the formal announcement about the alliance would be made after March 9. This is as per astrological advise since both Karunanidhi and Vijayakanth are ardent believers in astrology.

Prakash Javadekar, the union environment minister, who was playing the role of match maker between the BJP and the DMDK cancelled his scheduled visit to Chennai on Wednesday following the reports about the DMDK-DMK deal. Sources in DMDK told some of the news reporters that the meeting between Karunanidhi and Vijayakanth would take place after the latter’s pilgrimage to the shrine at Tirupati.

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]J[/dropcap]avadekar had called on Vijayakanth last Sunday at the Virugambakkam residence of the latter. After the meeting, Javadekar had told journalists that he would return on Wednesday for resuming the talks and to announce about the formation of the alliance. But the absence of senior Tamil Nadu BJP leaders and their silence had given sufficient indications about the parting of ways of the former alliance partners.

Vijayakanth is cut up with the BJP’s central leadership for their frequent “pilgrimages” to Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa’s residence at Chennai’s Poes Garden area. What infuriated Vijayakanth was the cold shouldering by the BJP leaders who did not extend any courtesy to him. E R Easwaran, leader of Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhakam, an alliance partner of the BJP during the 2014 Lok Sabha election blamed the BJP leaders for not convening the NDA meeting even once after May 2014.

The DMK-DMDK alliance would leave BJP at the mercy of the AIADMK or the PMK. Though the AIADMK has not extended any invitation to the BJP, the PMK led by Ramadoss had invited them to their front provided the Sangh Parivar accepts the chief minister candidature of Anbumani Ramadoss. If reports from the Tamil Nadu BJP headquarters are to be believed, state BJP chief Tamilissai Soundararajan is waiting for a call from Veda Nilayam.

Equally interesting is the comments being made by political analysts in Tamil Nadu. All political analysts with DMK leanings are pitching for an alliance between the DMK and the DMDK while they want the AIADMK and BJP to come together. The reason for this suggestion is obvious.

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