Chennai, Dec27 () : Prime Minister’s visit to Tamil Nadu has done good for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and UPA ally DMK and salvaged the image of P Chidambaram.
Earlier indications were that Jayalalithaa would not be at the airport to receive Manmohan Singh and instead would depute Finance Minister O Paneerselvam. All signs were that she would turn up at Raj Bhavan instead to discuss the burning issues. However, she surprised everybody by turning up at the airport itself and not minding the presence of DMK’s Union minister M K Alagiri at the airport.
DMK too took advantage of being an ally and turned up at Raj Bhavan. It did not forget to include Kanimozhi out on bail in the delegation to convey to the media that she is very much in the top circles and that she is not isolated. DMK now claims that it managed to wrest an assurance that the Mullai Periyar dam would be placed under CISF cover. AIADMK claims that PM told them he would ensure that relations between two states were not strained.
The theory going round is that Jayalalithaa has agreed to step in to take the punch out of the anti-nuke agitators and in return, Prime Minister would come up with a financial package for the State and use his good offices to maintain a status quo on the dam.
P Chidambaram under attack by the Opposition for his role in the 2G scam and earlier for a spat with Pranab Mukherjee recently fell foul of the Kerala unit of Congress for voicing pro-Tamil sentiments on the dam row. Yet another controversey was him using power to let off the hook a former client he represented as a lawyer. The visit of PM to the Sivaganga considered to be a Chidambaram bastion and showering praises on him has shown that his proximity to the top is intact. Singh lauded him for his loyalty and termed him a trusted friend.