A few weeks before, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted saying DMK, BJP and DMDK would be a formidable alliance in Tamil Nadu if Karunanidhi would give up and make his son Stalin the chief ministerial candidate. A few days later, Stalin, the DMK treasurer, said that the party had already sent DMDK chief Vijayakanth several invitations after his meeting with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
As usual, in this elections too, the actor-politician and his party are in demand. But once again, the Thirupumunai Maanadu or the Turning Point conference held in the outskirts of Chennai on Sunday only ended up to be yet another drama in the marathon political race in the state.
On one side, it indicated Vijayakanth and his family’s interest in going it alone in the polls. But on the other, it also indicated the unending political ambition of captain to rule the state as the chief minister. When his wife Premalatha Vijayakanth took a spin to give a lead to her husband before he could come up on the dais, she only indicated that he would not be the kingmaker anymore but would be the king.
“Do you want your captain to be the king or the kingmaker?,” she asked the cadres in a stubborn voice. As the cheering crowd replied “king,” she led her husband to the dais.
Vijayakanth took on the ruling AIADMK and accused Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of not delivering what she had promised. But he didn’t stop there. He fired salvos at the DMK also. Both the Dravidian majors –the AIADMK and the DMK-faced his wrath.
“Our state has been pushed backward by these two parties,” he said.
When everyone expected that he would break the suspense on alliance, captain threw another question to the crowd. “Do we need alliance?” The answer was, “No”.
Like his wife, Vijayakath also made the king-kingmaker comment and indicated that he is not ready to bite the bullet this time. But without announcing if he would contest in an alliance—either with the BJP which had sent several feelers already or with the DMK-Congress combine which had also sent invitations to him or with Vaiko-led People’s Welfare Front (PWF)—or go it alone, he only meant that he is still undecided and keeps all options open.
But the mood in the crowd and his speech indicated that he still has the CM aspirations and would never compromise on that. The king-kingmaker comment by both Vijayakanth and his wife can’t be ignored at a time when the election fever has already caught up with the state.