K A Paul is now in the news for reviving the Praja Shanthi Party (PSP) and threatening to contest from all 175 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh. Started in 2008, the party had not seen much action till now.
Most of these smaller parties gain their sustenance from particular castes and some have become so localised and personalised that it is led by one person, and what it means is that if the leader gets the ticket, the party jumps into the alliance.
Jayalalitha ran the party like an autocrat and anyone however big could be thrown out of the party without any notice, what so ever. It is difficult for outsiders to understand the fear and absolute obedience that she commanded.
Kamal Haasan in the film world was known for his search for meaningful cinema. And in politics too he might be an innovator, only that 2019 is too early. He is a dogged fighter and one who will not let go easily.
Pawan Kalyan's party Jana Sena's debut is being watched with a rare mix of curiosity and alacrity. It can upset many an applecart. Pawan's political base is the numerous Kapu community - a significant force in Andhra Pradesh.
'Captain' Vijayakanth's ill-health, poor party organisation and lack of a coherent narrative continue to haunt DMDK, but it remains to be seen if his fans and voters still recall him and connect with the shadow of the star.