The PMK on Friday decided to boycott the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections,upsetting the calculations of the DMK that was banking on the votes of the three MLAs to secure the victory of its candidate Kanimozhi.
With this development,the Congress,with only five members,has become the deciding factor for the only seat that is up for grabs.
The executive committee of the PMK that met on Friday decided to stay away from the elections despite best efforts from the DMK to convince the on-off partner.
Having earned an unwanted tag of a serial turncoat,the PMK had decided not to align with either of the Dravidian parties,and instead went about cobbling up a group comprising intermediate Hindu castes. The executive committee was unanimous in deciding that there was no reason to reconsider that position.
Over the past few days,DMK won over the Islamist MMK and Dalit outfit PT,each bringing in two MLAs,giving momentum to party treasurers M K Stalins efforts to ensure victory of his half-sister. But his meeting with PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss,who is heading the party as his father S Ramadoss is recuperating from a heart surgery,has not borne fruit.
As of now,Kanimozhi has the support of 23 of her MLAs,and four from the new backers,while her rival A R Elangovan of the DMDK has 22.
The Congress performed dismally in the last assembly polls,winning only five of the 63 seats it contested. But even that small number has become crucial in this tight race for the last of the six Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant this time.
It has suddenly turned valuable,with both DMK and the DMDK approaching the Congress high command for support. But it is yet to respond.
Yet another mystery factor is the seven dissenters from the DMDK,who are functioning on cue from the AIADMK. Some believe the changed political scenario that now has her former allies MMK and PT in the rival camp will have an impact on AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaas decision.
The AIADMKs four candidates and the Lefts D Raja,who has Jayalalithaas backing,have the required numbers,and the contest now is for the final seat.