The Sword Of The Dravidians
How political threats from TN have always kept the Centre on edge
- July 1997 The DMK threatens to withdraw support from the United Front government over its differences with the CPI(M), especially on fodder scam accused Laloo Prasad Yadav, and allocation of ministerial berths
- November 1997 The I.K. Gujral-led UF government falls after Congress withdraws support when its demand for sacking DMK ministers is rejected. The demand came after a Jain Commission report on the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had held that the DMK had tacitly supported the LTTE.
- April 1999 The Vajpayee government collapses after AIADMK leader J. Jayalalitha withdraws her party’s support to the BJP-led coalition government. This followed months of serious differences between the BJP and its ally AIADMK over distribution of coveted portfolios and her demand for the dismissal of the DMK government in TN.