Jaya's AIADMK alliance close to breaking up
In less than a year, the alliance that propelled AIADMK president and chief minister J Jayalalithaa to power with more than a four-fifths majority is in danger of falling apart.
On Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu assembly resembled a war zone in which DMDK chief Vijayakanth clashed bitterly with Jayalalithaa, who regretted entering into an alliance with him in the first place.
Vijayakanth, speaking to press persons outside the assembly after he and his MLAs were ejected from the house by the speaker for their allegedly unruly behaviour, said, "We are not being allowed to speak in the house."
Trouble erupted when DMDK MLA VC Chandrakumar raised the issue of rise in prices of milk and bus fares and asked why it was not done before the civic body polls, held across Tamil Nadu in October last year. This soon developed into a heated sparring between MLAs of the DMDK and AIADMK.
"I did not have the slightest inclination to have the alliance but bowed to the desire of partymen for a tie-up," Jayalalithaa said, adding she regretted her decision now. She dared Vijayakanth to contest the upcoming assembly bypoll from Sankarankoil alone.
Vijayakanth responded: "We will accept the challenge if the poll is conducted under President's rule."
Signs of separation between the two partners were visible in October, when the DMDK went on its own in the local civic body polls.
Writer Cho Ramaswamy, who was instrumental in getting the two parties together, said: "It was unfortunate and avoidable."