The sudden demise of JJ brought the curtain down on an entire political era in Tamil Nadu, the state she ruled firmly but not always fairly for 15 years over three decades.As chief minister, she ran an administration that produced some of India’s best social and economic outcomes despite the populism and caprice that were the hallmarks of her rule.she perfected an idiom of governance that centred around leveraging state-funded populism (Amma canteens, Amma water, Amma pharmacies) to fuel a cult of personality that had few parallels anywhere in India.Surely , the original personality cult status is to be given to the Nehru family – started by Indira, and now, clung on to by Raga.
Of late we find only 2 type of rules in the entire country.one is dynastic parties – that may have had their origin in an ideology or world view, such as the Congress, the Shiv Sena, the DMK, the Akali Dal or the Samajwadi Party but which are today essentially closely-held family properties. second type belongs single leader-driven parties, structured solely around the charisma or cult of personality of the supremo, such as Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.
Here succession poses the greatest crisis for there is neither the convenience of blood nor a political mechanism to choose a successor, and even if there were, there is certainly no leader who can aspire to play the larger-than-life individual role that the electorate has come to expect of the party.Jayalalithaa somehow managed to overcome this problem when her own political mentor, AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran died . politics in Tamil Nadu was a lot more personal unlike other sates.sometimes even resulted in, destructive forms. When Karunanidhi built a grand edifice on Mount Road in order to shift the cramped state secretariat, Jayalalithaa promptly moth-balled the building.similar is the fate of public library which is in shambles till date.The disproportionate assets matter against Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court will now no doubt be abandoned,In fact the DMK does appear to be in advantage even though Mr. Stalin is no match for the cunning and scheming MK.Cong. is nowhere near the seats of power.
The PMK which is presumed to be a caste based party, has to shed that image to gain all round support. But that appears to be bleak,
The less said about other minor parties like VCK and communist parties.
Vaiko is at best a spoiler and he does not have the credibility to be a mass leader. Vijayakanth and DMDK is in a self destruction mode and it is steadily going downhill. This leave only three parties, the two Dravidian majors and BJP in the fray. As things stand today BJP cannot come anywhere near these two parties in mass appeal, organisational strength and credibility. The conduct of central govt. in Kaveri issue, Katchathivu and fisherman problem is pulling down the chances of BJP in public reckoning. So it is back to square one. Either DMK or AIADMK.
The smooth transition, given the sad event of Jayalalitha’s death, has every potential to turn into a murky political game even within AIADMK going forward.It will indeed be a surprise if that does not happen.