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Vijayakanth - An emerging force in TN politics
October 20, 2006 02:32 IST
More than the emphatic victory of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the civic polls as well as the assembly by-election, it is the creditable performance of the fledgling Desiya Dravida Murpokku Kazhagam filmstar-politician Vijayakanth, which acquires far greater political significance.
The actor had single handedly taken on the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance and the AIADMK, which had the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam with it. The burden was shared by his wife Premalatha, who struck an emotional chord with the common people.
Turning the poll arena into an opportunity to challenge the monotony and irrelevance of Dravidian political leadership, Vijaykanth, reported to be closer to the saffron ideology, has made inroads into the domain of the dominant Dravidian parties.
With his advent, the existing space for caste-based political mobilisation has not only come under increasing strain but face the prospect of being relegated to the backburner, a political analyst observed.
Ascendancy of the actor has been made easy since forces that emerged as a counter to film-based and personality-oriented politics have ultimately lost steam by making compromises, contrary to their ideology and principles, it was pointed out.
With coalition politics coming to stay both at the Centre and in the state, Captain has emerged as an important player. A striking factor of the DMDK is that it has been able to rally behind it the youth and the new voters, mostly from the fringe groups and backward communities, longing for an identity. No wonder, this has witnessed mass exodus from the smaller parties.The advent and ascendancy of 'Captain,' with no ideology or a programme, in the words of another observer, signaled the divorcing of ideology from politics in the Dravidian land, in the era of globalisation.