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Karthik Chidambaram’s formula for Tamil Nadu Congress, creates rift

New Delhi/Chennai, Mar 7 (): Sources say that Karthik Chidambaram is responsible for the present crisis, since he has advised Rahul Gandhi, that in view of DMDK going to AIADMK, the party stands to gain by going alone. This section believes that there is a latent political constituency, that is tired of alternating between the two Dravidian parties. In the 2006 assembly election, the newly-founded Desiya Murpokku Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMDK), led by cine star Vijayakant, scored 8.38% and improved it to more than 10% in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. “This 10% plus the Congress’s own vote, also around 10%, can be formed into a new political constituency,” said a Congress Youth Wing firebrand.

Even if this is theoretically true, the current assembly election, which is just 36 days away, is too early for any new experiment.This experiement in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, only led to disasters. In view of this old timers, Pranab Mukherjee has been put to pacify MK. Taking a cue, Mamta Banerjee of TMC has said Congress will be given only 60 seats.

This time, with the DMDK on Jayalaitha’s side and the Congress-DMK split, her fortunes have revived. Her alliance in 2009 was formidable in terms of social arithmetic, but the UPA government’s overwhelming popularity, clubbed with the raining social welfare schemes of the state government, carried the day for the Congress-DMK alliance.

Jayalalithaa does not have 63 seats to spare for the Congress now, having allotted almost 50 seats to the MDMK and other smaller parties.This has put Congress in a bind and the Karthik  formula on the backburner.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee spoke to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Monday and sought one more day’s time to decide over the number of seats for the Congress in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Earlier, Mukherjee also met DMK leader and Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is in New Delhi to reportedly submit his resignation along with five other DMK ministers.