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Tamil Nadu: Against Expectations

The logic of stitching a large coalition of political parties, each with its social base, to ensure an electoral victory in Tamil Nadu seems to be a thing of the past in the state. The results of the 15th Lok Sabha elections went in favour of the ruling alliance suggesting that issue-based support may now be the deciding factor in the state.

Tamil Nadu : A Tactical Alliance and a Sweep for the DPA

Elections in Tamil Nadu have become an arena to settle scores and win individual loyalty. Political compulsions bring parties together and their alliances last only so long as their interests are served in some manner. Leaders have been willing to admit that ideology and principles take a back seat and there is an 'open door policy' relating to alliances. Clever leaders play with words and various nuances are resorted to in order to explain similarity or differences with other parties. Parties have come together and then split sooner than expected. Intense competition among the regional parties and animosity between the leaders of the political parties have been the source of disagreements and differences rather than ideology.
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