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Tamil Nadu results a big blow for Congress: Hindu’s N Ram

[MISC, Friday, 13 May 2011 11:36 No Comment]

n-ram-may13-190 AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa is set to become Chief Minister for the third time in Tamil Nadu.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18, N Ram, Editor-in-chief, Hindu says, in Tamil Nadu, many of DMK leaders have lost and never has the Congress gone so low. “So, this is major news and a big blow to their morale. This introduces an existential crisis for that alliance at the centre. It won’t happen overnight,” he adds.

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Below is the verbatim transcript of his exclusive interview with Mitali Mukherjee. Also watch the accompanying video.

Q: What ramifications will this sweeping win for Jayalalithaa have on central politics, if any you see?

A: Look at the Congress numbers, this is the most significant result. West Bengal in terms of long-term change, very major change, but Tamil Nadu, this is a decimation of two major allies who matter a great deal at the central government. Many of DMK leaders have lost and never has the Congress gone so low. So, this is major news and a big blow to their morale. This introduces an existential crisis for that alliance at the centre. It won’t happen overnight. They will continue to say, they’re (DMK) still our allies for a while but this is a body blow of a kind they have not taken for a long time.

Q: The plan that Jayalalitha talked about was one which was anti family politics and the other was the 2G scam. How hard has the 2G scam hit both the Congress and the DMK you think?

A: I think you will have to look at the data and the post pool results and all that. But my sense is that led the whole thing, that brought all the other factors together, the 2G scam. But it was not just that, there were these complaints, resentment towards family rules, misuse of state power and publicly on display. Then there was issue of failure to deliver power. There are many other factors. This is a stage where social services are delivered whoever is empowered. But in terms of government, it is a disaster, a calamity for this alliance. We really have to look deep to see how all these factors came together. But the 2G scam brought together galvanised the entire opposition and bisected the clear misuse of money power.

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