The perceived vacuum in political leadership, caused by the health setback of M. Karunanidhi and the death Jayalalithaa has given a glimmer of hope for others to make fresh attempts. Even though there has been widespread talk of the existence of space for an alternative political force, all the bids to forge one came a cropper since 1977 when the AIADMK emerged as a key player in State politics. Senior Congress leader G. K. Moopanar made determined attempts in 1977 and 1989, and his party had tie-ups with smaller parties. He, however, adds that Mr. Rajinikanth “definitely does make” an impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu, pointing at how his decision has already reached villages. Gnani, veteran political commentator, says the success of Mr. Rajnikanth’s foray into politics depends upon what he is going to promise to the people.
Source: The Hindu January 03, 2018 02:26 UTC