Vacuum in Tamil Nadu’s Politics
The bastion of Dravidian politics which is experiencing revolving door politics between two Dravidian parties seems to be witnessing a political vacuum.
Tamil Nadu is presently under the rule of AMMA Jayalalithaa’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The opposition space is facing a political vacuum for multiple reasons.
The natural opposition of AIADMK, Karunanidhi’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is experiencing too much of infighting within the party. For the moment, in the assembly Vijayakant’s Desiya Murpookku Dravidar Kazhagam(DMDK) is the opposition. The inexperience of Vijayakant in politics is evident to the public. Vijayakant is not able to make too much of public appeal.
The long running non-successful Vaiko’s Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(MDMK) is not making any significant impact in the politics of the state.
The Credibility of Ramadoss’ Paattaali Makkal Katchi (PMK) is damaged because of the camp-changing politics played by them for more than a decade.
The Dalit Parties like Thirumavalavan’s Viduthalai Chiruththaigal Katchi (VCK) is yet to grow.
The Left is not alive in political space. Congress seconds the same. BJP is still a baby in the Dravidian land.
All the above facts make AMMA happy. The smile in the face of Amma can stay longer as there is no effort being made successful from the DMK camp. For Amma, still DMK is opposition. DMK leader has enemies within.
The Vacuum in Tamil Nadu’s Politics may change equations in the nation and the state. Tamil nadu is a state of no national party impact for long time. After the fall of Congress in late 60s, Tamil Nadu is purely regional Dravidian movements strong hold.
Tamil Nadu’s educational and economical development can be attributed to K Kamaraj and Periayaar. While Congress did not take advantage of K Kamaraj, the anti-hindi movement gave seat for Dravidian parties to flourish.
Land of Periyar is away from Religion based politics to a larger extend. No Hindutuva or Secular tags help much in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is secular by nature.
Next Assembly elections of Tamil Nadu may be crucial for Dravidian movement.