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Despite his Tamil Nadu sweep, Stalin-led DMK can't hope of ministerial positions in the Centre

Soon, after he became DMK president in August 2018, Stalin vowed to boot out the BJP government at the Centre.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2019, 10.37 AM IST|Original: May 24, 2019, 10.37 AM IST
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The DMK may be one among the largest parties in Parliament, which entrusts it with the responsibility of carrying forward the anti-BJP sentiment in Parliament.
The clear mandate in the Lok Sabha polls has polarised the fortunes of MK Stalin. Stalin finds himself in a position similar to that of Jayalalithaa after her sweeping victory in the previous Lok Sabha polls –– a hard-fought victory that cannot be converted into ministerial positions at the Centre. The BJP had tried hard to lure the DMK ahead of the Lok Sabha elections –– BJP leader Ram Madhav had mentioned the DMK’s partnership with the BJP during 1999-2004 as the southern party’s “time in good company” — a clear message for Stalin’s party to join hands again.

However, soon after he became DMK president in August 2018, Stalin vowed to boot out the BJP government at the Centre. He went further to endorse Rahul Gandhi as prime minister. As NDA wins a clear mandate, Stalin will again be in the Opposition camp.

Likely Relationship with the Centre
Stalin will continue with his campaign against the NDA Government, bolstered this time with a significant number of Parliamentarians to take forward his campaign, say DMK insiders.

The DMK may be one among the largest parties in Parliament, which entrusts it with the responsibility of carrying forward the anti-BJP sentiment in Parliament.

ET Reporters’ Take
Since the demise of Karunanidhi, Stalin has been battling openly for a change of Government at the Centre. Stalin remains one of the few anti-BJP politicians who have managed to buck the national trend. It remains to be seen how Stalin will take this victory forward, as a possible disruption by Rajinikanth is awaited in the next Assembly polls.

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