Will the one-size-fits -all formula work for the BJP in Tamil Nadu?
Going solo aggressively, dumping an ally of 25 years in Maharashtra has paid rich dividends for the BJP as also it propelled the party to a stupendous victory in Haryana in the elections held last week.
In the south, Tamil Nadu had been for long an impregnable fortress and the BJP had to team up with smaller regional allies to try and occupy space being vacated by the Congress in the general elections.
But recent indications from the BJP, especially after conviction of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, and the DMK’s plight and Congress’s disappearance, its own efforts to find locally popular talent, indicate that the BJP was readying for a life without its NDA partners.
Political analyst Ramu Manivannan of the Madras University interpreted the repeated attempts to popularise Hindi language issue from central government institutions as “provocations” to annoy and anger its allies. The latest red rag for the Tamil regional parties and NDA allies like the MDMK of Vaiko and PMK, is the directive from the information and broadcasting ministry on compulsory use of Hindi programming on all AIR channels.
The denial of invites to NDA allies in Tamil Nadu — Vaiko and Captain Vijayakanth —(though formally it is a meeting of all NDA MPs) to the Modi’s dinner to NDA allies is also being seen as a slight to the smaller regional parties. PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss, the lone MP from BJP allies is on the guest list at Modi’s dinner on Sunday.
DMDK supremo Captain Vijayakanth is unwilling to doubt the BJP or its intentions.
In an address to his cadres on Saturday, Vijayakanth said that the alliance was strong and DMDK would fight 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly elections with its own chief ministerial candidate.