Temperatures are soaring in Chennai, both climatically and politically. And the one who can be seen wiping the sweat this time is AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.
After a lot of dilly dallying, DMK (AIADMK's stark opposition) and Congress have come to term swith their alliance, finally settling their seat-sharing statistics. Retaining the maximum stakes in the house, DMK has agreed upon 41 seats for the Congress of the 234 assembly constituencies.
Echoing the agenda of the alliance, DMK treasurer M K Stalin said that the alliance was sure to win the elections as people demanded a change.
Firming up against AIADMK
Fighting the AIADMK is not easy and having realised that the DMK took a cohesive stance to drag the sitting chair out from the comfort zone. On Saturday, Senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad on Saturday announced that the DMK will identify other potential allies and initiate talks.
Meanwhile DMK treasurer Stalin said,"Congress has promised full cooperation. We have also extended an invite to the DMDK. We are hopeful of a positive response."
Adding to the woes of AIADMK are the Chennai floods last year that rendered 20-25% of the entire state helpless. The AIADMK, certainly earned the tag of being an inefficient government unless in coalition with the BJP. But the party has chosen to alienate itself from any alliances and will be contesting alone.
Whether the flood-affected victims will vote for Amma this time is uncertain, but she surely is going to miss out on her votes this time, even if to a small extent.