In the political turmoil that has plagued Tamil Nadu a phoenix has risen from the ashes. MK Stalin has not just come out of his father's shadow; he has made the most of the uncertainty within the AIADMK.
Even as talks of a merger continue in the AIADMK, they have their work cut out for them. Because while they squabbled, DMK has earned some serious goodwill among the people of Tamil Nadu.
Take the state-wide bandh for instance. It's been a long time since a shutdown called by the Opposition was actually successful in Tamil Nadu. The DMK has successfully fueled the people's frustration against the ruling regime and thereby made the most of this political crisis.
"The bandh that was called by DMK was so effective because the people are frustrated with the government and know that they can't rely on them anymore," says DMK MP RS Bharati.
TAMIL NADU BANDH
But the AIADMK has a different take on the state-wide bandh. "The cause was genuine but the bandh was not a total success and it's clear that the DMK's bandh failed to evoke a positive response. They may do drama but people won't rally behind DMK especially since Kanimozhi and A Raja could be convicted in July in the 2G scam," points out AIADMK MP Maithreyan, who's fought alongside OPS for the last few months.
For the DMK, it's all about milking the cracks in the AIADMK. They have ensured that at every given opportunity they stressed on the lack of governance in the state as the ruling party is busy bickering. "DMK has played their cards well and Stalin is dictating the terms of politics in Tamil Nadu. He is flagging up the right issues and clearly the DMK's on a good wicket," observes senior journalist N Ram.
So have the AIADMK factions decided to bury the hatchet simply because they realise the DMK's might now? MK Stalin is roaring like a lion and for the AIADMK, the need of the hour is to iron out the terms and conditions of their merger and deal with their powerful political nemesis.