Stalin's proposal of Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate, however, caught many in the Opposition by surprise last December. Sources said that other parties, such as the SP, BSP, TMC and NCP, harbour reservations over declaring the candidature for the top spot so early on.
NGO Youth For Equality has also moved the Supreme Court, contending that the Bill was liable to be quashed as it was contrary to the principles laid down by the apex court in the matter of reservation.
Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs in September last year under the anti-defection law after they met the Governor and expressed their lack of confidence in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.
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.
The DMK chief M K Stalin urged all sections of people, including government employees, teachers, traders and state transport corporation workers, to voluntarily support the bandh to "teach the BJP government a fitting lesson".
The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to the hospital following a dip in his blood pressure last month. On July 31, the hospital had said Karunanidhi would require an extended period of hospitalisation due to “decline” in his general health, although his vital parameters have normalised.
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.