Tamil 'star wars' now shift to politics

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Chennai, Jun 15: With the political contours in Tamil Nadu changing and more stars jumping onto the political bandwagon forming their own party, the next Lok Sabha polls could witness intense battle among the tinselworld contemporaries.

The 'star wars', as it were, would be led by the so called 'Karuppu MGR'(Black MGR after his dark complextion), hero Vijaykant who first tasted the electoral battle in the 2006 elections to Tamil Nadu assembly and emerged as the lone MLA of his fledgeling DMDK party. However, although he still asserts that he would go alone in the next Lok Sabha polls, political circles have it that he could strike an alliance with the Congress and the DMK. Some sources maintain that he could even strike an alliance with the opposition AIADMK which was voted out of power in the 2006 assembly polls, having failed to strike an affective alliance vis a vis the DMK-led DPA and the Congress-led UPA for the Lok Sabha polls.

His DMDK is, however, reportedly attracting youth, especially in the southern parts. Vijaykant has also been trying to project himself in the mould of legendary late actor turned politician MGR, the founder leader of the AIADMK and former Chief Minister.

Snapping at Vijaykant's heels could be his tinsel world and South Indian Film Artistes Association colleague 'Supreme Star' Saratkumar, who has also launched his own 'Akila India Samatuva Makkal Katchi', party recently. But although Saratkumar, a former DMK Rajya Sabha MP who fell out with the party and crossed over briefly to Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK before coming out, has indicated that he would not hesitate to strike an alliance with Vijaykant if inevitable, sources say that this is unlikely.

Sarat has been conducting agitations on national and state issues to put his party in the limelight.

And both Vijaykant and Sarat are riding two horses at present, acting and being active in politics, so to speak.

UNI

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