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Mrs Vijayakant, object of Modi’s praise

Over the past four elections, Premalatha has emerged one of the party’s leading campaigners.

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai | Updated: May 22, 2014 8:52 am

On Tuesday, prime minister-elect Narendra Modi singled out Premalatha Vijayakant for praise, saying, “Kya kaam kiya isne (What a great job).” Not many at Central Hall would have recognised her as DMDK founder Vijayakant’s wife. But Premalatha and her brother L K Sudhish, the party’s youth wing leader, are the de facto decision makers in the party, formed in 2005, and are said to influence Vijayakant’s decisions.

Though the party failed to win any of the 14 seats it contested, Modi knew DMDK was the only one in the seven-party alliance whose leaders had campaigned in all 39 constituencies of Tamil Nadu. In a party where the leader is inaccessible to the media, it was Premalatha who gave the first indication that the DMDK would not align with the DMK, despite the wooing. She interviewed potential candidates, and was key to Vijayakant eventually choosing to go with the BJP-led NDA, which in turn helped the national party win its only seat from Tamil Nadu: Kanyakumari, which elected Pon Radhakrishnan.

Over the past four elections, Premalatha has emerged one of the party’s leading campaigners. Her speeches are as irreverent as his husband’s, but more structured. To the party cadre, Vijayakant is ‘Captain’ (after a film role) and she is ‘anni’ or elder sister whom they see in person more often than him. Crisscrossing the state, she sold the idea of Modi, promising them a government under him would solve their water and power problems.

None of the 14 candidates the DMDK put up, including Premalatha’s brother Sudhish from Salem, were able to win. In fact, none of them even came second. However, this is unlikely to dampen the BJP’s relationship with the DMDK, going by Modi’s effusive praise of Premalatha and also the bonhomie he displayed with Vijayakant at the NDA meeting.

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  1. V
    May 22, 2014 at 4:46 am
    Horosopes of Kejriwal, Modi & RahulWhen we checked auious time or Mutha for 23, 24 and 25, Cancer rises at 1000 AM at Delhi. Jupiter will be in the 12th, If the swearing in ceremony is scheduled at 0900 AM on Sunday, the 25th, it will be one of the most auious moments. Jupiter will be in the Electional Ascendant, Mutha Lagna and there will be Shashta Shuddi ( no malefics in the Sixth ), Saptama Shuddhi ( no malefics in the 7th ) and Ashtama Shuddhi ( no malefics in the 8th ). Jupiter rising is said to be very auious, Gurodaye Visheshena. So we have proposed two dates, 1130 AM on 23rd and 0900 AM on Sunday, the 25th of this month.Saay, 24th does not sound auious as it is ruled by Saturn. Moreover it is the Anu Janma Star ( Saturn rules both Uthrattathi and Anuradha, Modi ji's Birthstar ) and is not considered auious.I had suggested this to my friend, Ajithan, who is working for the nationalists and he said he will bring it to the notice of the authorities. We had emailed the nationalists' websites at Delhi, Bombay et al.Source : :www.eastrovedica
    1. J
      May 22, 2014 at 8:44 am
      Sorry Subspan Raman. Even BJP has a number of sons and daughter of BJP elders. Vijayakanth is a very pratical man. He cannot speak like Karunanidhi. But his heart is full of love and affection and practical mind. The alliance would emerge successful in 2016 embly polls.
      1. A
        May 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm
        What Modi did is right. If she has done a stupendous job she should be praised and her efforts should be acknowledged. If they remain level headed they will have a bright future. Even in politcs things have come to be run as business. So nothing wrong in family putting its efforts at the formation stage. later on on the basis of merits the family should be allowed in to play their roles.
        1. Dr Chandrashekhar MD
          May 26, 2014 at 6:37 am
          "Anni" means Bhabhi( elder sister in law) & NOT elder sister !
          1. R
            May 25, 2014 at 10:07 am
            it was touching to see how Modi hugged captain, even thought the party didn't win anything.
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