25 November, 2020

A Hot Potato That Cannot Be Dropped

Political compulsions—the uncertainty over the assembly polls, the need to hold a place at the Centre—tie DMK’s hands

Jitender Gupta
A Hot Potato That Cannot Be Dropped

In A Difficult Corner...

  • Can DMK armtwist the Congress on Kanimozhi’s arrest and say it will pull out from UPA? Unlikely.
  • The party needs support at two levels. If it wins the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, it will need Congress support to form a government. If it loses, it will need to remain in power at the Centre.
  • This is why the DMK has softened its attack on the Congress and not made any demands
  • Karunanidhi has been advised to show restraint by his sons


For a man who has lived his politics dictating to others and not being dictated to, Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s world has come full circle since the 2G scam broke. The DMK was used to blackmailing the Congress on every issue, including the two UPA cabinet formations. But when DMK patriarch Karunanidhi needs to pressure the Congress the most in order to rescue his daughter, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who has been named as a co-accused...



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