The acquittal of all the accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases by a special CBI court in New Delhi on Thursday, is a huge morale booster for the DMK as they are now free of the corruption charges which led to their defeat in two Assembly elections and a nearly decade long political embarrassment.
There may not be any major impact of the 2G verdict on the R K Nagar bypoll for which voting is being held today, as the DMK had already gained momentum in the campaign with the AIADMK at odds with itself with two camps opposing each other.
Nevertheless, the 2G verdict means a lot for the DMK as well Tamil Nadu politics.
Opening a new arena for two politicians
Many observers see a possibility of M K Stalin and TTV Dinakaran emerging as key players in the next Assembly election. The 2G verdict will be a strong weapon for the DMK in its attempt to recapture power in the state whenever elections are held which may become necessary well before the ruling AIADMK government’s term ends as the party’s majority stands in jeopardy with the two warring factions unable to reconcile their differences. A floor test will probably be held soon, after the disposal of pending cases in the Madras High Court on the issue of the disqualification of AIADMK rebel MLAs.
No BJP-DMK alliance
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi in early November, the BJP camp was abuzz with speculation of the DMK joining the NDA and ditching the Congress. DMK working president Stalin had dismissed those reports and gone on to announce a state wide agitation against demonetisation.
Soon after the 2G verdict, a top leader close to Stalin said the 2G verdict had nothing to do with the BJP. “It is good news for Thalapathi (as Stalin is fondly called by his cadre) and bad news for EPS, OPS and their mentors in Delhi.” He saw no reason for the the DMK to join hands with the BJP. “Our cadre’s basic ideology is built on an anti-BJP platform,” he said.
Referring to a recent meeting at DMK headquarters after the Gujarat election results, he added: “The BJP may benefit if we align with them. But the Gujarat results suggest a shift in public perception in the northern states regarding the BJP. Moreover, the BJP’s vote base in Tamil Nadu is smaller than that of the Congress, so why should we ditch the Congress?’’
Red alert for aspiring politicians
Even as the 2G verdict strengthens the morale of cadres and sympathisers of the DMK, it weakens the possibility of people like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Vishal entering the political fray and trying to capitalise on anti-incumbency trends and corruption in politics.