Tamil Nadu De­cides

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Chen­nai: DMKlead­erKan­i­mozhiis known­forher­mild­man­ner­isms­but not when it comes to Tamil Nadu chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa: “She be­haves like a pharaoh,” the 46 year old daugh­ter of party pa­tri­arch Karunanidhi told ET.

“The CM’s stage in her ral­lies has three decks. The top-most is air con­di­tioned, where she sits, there is a sec­ond one for her can­di­dates and a third for the peo­ple who have to suf­fer the soar­ing heat...that’s her idea of reach­ing out to peo­ple,” she ex­plains her anal­ogy.

At­tack­ing her party’s main ri­val, Kan­i­mozhi­said,“she­has­n­e­ver­been a nor­mal CM who works from the sec­re­tariat and meets peo­ple. She thinks she is above all that. On the con­trary,whenKalaig­nar­read­about a protest by the dif­fer­ently-abled, he rushed to meet them.”

Be­sides at­tack­ing Jay­alalithaa, Kan­i­mozhi is play­ing a much more ac­tive role in the assem­bly polls this time. As the na­tional points-per­son of the party, she was in­stru­men­tal in Stalin has worked for 45 years to build DMK’s youth wing. How can one dis­re­gard that? en­sur­ing DMK’s al­liance with the Congress. In­sid­ers said the fi­nal deal be­tween the par­ties was struck only af­ter she met Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi a week be­fore the talks ended. As part of the party’s man­i­festo steer­ing com­mit­tee and star cam­paigner, Kan­i­mozhi is try­ing her best to win the con­fi­dence of vot­ers, ap­peal­ing largely to women, of­ten seen as the

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