When it came out the DMK was under the impression that it can manage the election by bringing the DMDK
party under its fold.
The very important factor underlying the AIADMK sweep was its ability to stitch a winning alliance, in particular, with the DMDK
. The transfer of Dalit votes to the AIADMK-led alliance also worked for the success of the AIADMK and its allies (Krishna, 201, May 30: 23).
Combined with anti-incumbency, Jayalalithaa checkmated Karunanidhi in the 2011 elections with a slew of announcements including providing free rice, laptops to students, milch cows and goats, mixer-grinder, and gold for 'thaali' (mangal sutra) and pushed DMK into the third place in the Assembly, making then ally DMDK
Jaya TV is associated with the CM; the Sun TV network is owned by the Marans; Kalaignar TV is owned by the Karunanidhi family; Captain TV is the mouthpiece of Vijayakanth of DMDK
; while Mega TV and Vasantha TV owe allegiance to the Congress.
The AIADMK chief had in 2011 proved calculations of DMK's likely return to power wrong when she led her party to a fantastic win by forming a rainbow coalition comprising DMDK
and Left parties.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, Governor K Rosaiah and DMDK
leader Vijayakanth have also extended their greetings to the public.
He is the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK
) and a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Rishivandiyam, Tamil Nadu, India.
The third force the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK
), under the leadership of an actor, Vijayakant, appeared to be emerging as an alternative to both the Dravidan parties, in the absence of the Indian National Congress exploiting the opportunity (people are in need of an alternative to the two) and it bagged 10 per cent of the votes in the general elections.
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The list shows a spectrum of cases filed against the DMK, the DMDK
, the Congress, the media and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
In Tamil Nadu, Vijayakanth has spurned the BJP's offer for an alliance with his outfit DMDK
. Sources said that he even refused to meet Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar, who was deputed to forge an electoral alliance with the actor- turned politician.
Karunanidhi greeted the Prime Minister on behalf of DMK, asking him to "accept my hearty wishes." BJP's Tamil Nadu allies, DMDK
and MDMK also greeted Modi.