It remains unclear on who made that first move. However, top sources in DMK leadership and strategists working close to Dhinakaran sounded the same - Balaji’s decision to join DMK was beneficial for both.
In 2017, Delhi Police's crime branch had filed the chargesheet alleging middleman Sukesh Chandansekar had conspired with TTV Dhinakaran and others to bribe the election commission official to get the two leaves symbol for Sasikala led AIADMK faction.
AIADMK was prompted to launch a TV channel of its own to take on propaganda against it by rivals since Jaya TV began backing Jayalalithaa's aide V K Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dhinakaran after her demise.
Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls on Thursday in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections.