A representative of the transnational government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) met in Chennai to announce a ‘tree sapling planting programme’ to mark the ‘Mullavaikal genocide’ on May 18
Without M Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu politics will never be the same. When DMK founder CN Annadurai died in 1969, the political space was quickly occupied by Karunanidhi.
Dravidian politics has come a long way. Charisma of politicians is not any more about inaccessibility, and, wooing cadres to build a party is a harder challenge.
The recent spate of expulsions of office-bearers close to dissident leader T T V Dhinakaran and the ongoing re-organisation of the party have triggered divisions.
Under the watchful but resigned eyes of EC flying squads and several battalions of CISF and CRPF personnel, money changed hands – under the cover of darkness.
Even Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan has stopped his flurry of bitter tweets after the party issued a gag order on November 28.
The actor's close association with PM Modi and his perceived saffron leanings have given rise to conjectures that he may take the political plunge with BJP backing.
Post-Jayalalithaa, Sasikala was the binding factor until her decision to take over the administration triggered a revolt.
Despite the violent end to their peaceful protest, students and youngsters have realised as never before the power of mass demonstration, say observers.
Some senior leaders, however, point out that it is not possible for the party to remain headless for such a long period.
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