Amma's legacy may need an anchor now, despite the anxious display of her followers when she was on trial for the disproportionate assets case. After all, all that glitters is not Gold. Evidently, the long-drawn and the meandering trial did have some effect on her fan following.
Plus, the Congress, DMK coalition that may get the better off her, is something that the party needs to think about.
The clarion call for change
The changing views of the young population who believe in an impending change rather than oscillating between the two prime parties of the state-AIADMK and DMK for nearly five decades, also needs to be understood.
So, the focus is on the other parties in the fray, which include actor-turned-politician Vijayakant's DMDK, which has joined hands with the People's Welfare Front, a combine of Vaiko's MDMK and the two Left parties.
BJP too is hoping to make a mark this election, while S Ramadoss' PMK is fighting it out alone.
Certainly, the youngsters have a number of choices and are not hesitatnt in trying out new parties too, even Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK), which is a Tamil supremacist party led by film director Seeman.
Public sab janti hai
The common man has learnt his lessons and is now pondering over the other aspects of state politics, apart from declaring sops and facilities for the poor. People cite corruption as the greatest motivation to look away from the party. The NTK, for instance, may garner a few votes since its agenda is to eradicate corruption at the grassroot level.
Students believe that fast-paced development can be brought by BJP alone. "Having BJP [governments] at the Centre and the State will benefit Tamil Nadu. I think it will propel projects that are running at a slow place to gain momentum," said a first-year mechanical engineering student.
BJP may change the political climate in future
Having said that, BJP is on a stronger ground than any other party. Catering to the youth of the State, BJP has made its social media presence felt.
The BJP's Tamil Nadu unit tops Facebook, following with over 4 lakh 'likes' for its official page, while AIADMK has 2 lakh, the DMK 1.95 lakh, and the DMDK 13,500.
Moreover, the role that the party played during the Chennai floods was commendable, something that could not be achieved by the AIADMK alone. It was a joint effort there too.
AIADMK's recent support from smaller parties like Tamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, Puratchi Bharatham, Manidhaneya Jananayaga Katchi, Tamil Nadu Mutharayar Munnetra Sangam, Akila Indiya Moovendar Munnani Kazhagam Moovendar Munne, Uzhavar Uzhaippalar Katchi, would not be of much help anyways. These are newer parties and are led by people who are not popular (which adds to the X-factor of a party).
Transition of change may take some time, especially when IndiaTV-CVoter stokes the reality. According to the survey, AIADMK may land up with 116 seats, way ahead of all the other parties. However, the pinch in the vote bank pockets is already being felt.
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