Chennai: After fighting the April 13 Assembly
elections under the leadership of either of the two Dravidian
majors, political parties in Tamil Nadu are now going it alone
in next month`s local body polls.
The AIADMK and DMK which formed rainbow alliances for the
Assembly polls have dumped their respective allies and are
vying to wrest the seats in over 13,000 local bodies,
including nine corporations and municipalities.
The fortunes of DMDK, founded by actor Vijayakanth, CPI(M),
Congress, VCK and some other smaller outfits will be put to
the test for the first time since the Assembly polls which
were swept by the AIADMK-led alliance.
The smaller parties find themselves forced to contest on
their own after their lead partners decided to go it alone in
the polls to be held in two phases on October 17 and 19.
While DMK chief M Karunanidhi has announced alliances were
required only for Parliament and Assembly polls, AIADMK
supremo Jayalalithaa did not seem to make any effort,
supposedly preferring her action do all the talking.
She announced candidates for all corporations before
consulting the allies, leaving little room for DMDK and the
Left parties to negotiate.
Vijayakant wasted no time in releasing his party`s list for
corporations and other municipalities, making it a triangular
contest involving AIADMK and DMK besides his party.
DMDK, which played spoilsport in the AIADMK`s chances in
all major elections since the 2006 Assembly polls by splitting
anti-incumbency votes before aligning with it in 2011, will
check its party`s penetration into deeper pockets.