29 September, 2020

From Beggar To Chooser

The Congress is being wooed by the AIADMK and the DMK on the eve of elections

From Beggar To Chooser

THE country's oldest political party, the Indian National Congress, must thank the two dominant Dravidian parties—DMK and AIADMK—for giving it a fresh lease of life in Tamil Nadu. A month ago, the Congress was virtually written off but now it has become the most sought after party in the state. And instead of wooing the Dravidian parties, the Congress is being wooed by both.

With most of the pre-election opinion polls indicating a wafer-thin difference in the vote bank of the ruling AIADMK and the main Opposition, the DMK, both the parties have decided to opt for the easiest way out to strengthen their respective bases—align with the Congress. True to his style, Congress President Narasimha Rao is giving contradictory signals to both parties. Said a senior state Congress leader: "Rao should decide one way or the other quickly. Otherwise, we may be stranded."

 In the past, whenever there have been simultaneous polls for the assembly and the Lok Sabha, the Congress has always fared well in the state as Tamilians believe it is the only party that...



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