By mid day, the AIADMK is clearly in the driver’s seat in Tamil Nadu for another five years. It is a clear win for Jayalalithaa, giving her a fourth term as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Further, this it the first time since the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M G Ramachandra Menon or MGR in 1987, that a party will return to power for a consecutive second time in Tamil Nadu.
The AIADMK was founded by MGR in 1972 as a breakaway group of the DMK. Using his popularity as a Tamil actor, MGR created a strong political base for himself. He became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977 and remained in power for three consecutive terms till his death in 1987.
Since the death of MGR, the government of Tamil Nadu has been alternating between the DMK, led by Karunanidhi, and the AIADMK, led by Jayalalithaa. This election marks a drastic change in this pattern, with Jaya retaining her seat of victory for a second consecutive term.
For Jayalalithaa, MGR was the one of the most important influences in her life, her political mentor. Arguably, MGR was the one who introduced the actor to a political career, though she has rubbished such reports and claims to have joined politics on her own choice.
As Jayalalithaa takes oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu this year, she would be carrying ahead the tradition set by her ‘political Guru’.
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