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Congress-Left will be spoilers in Tamil Nadu poll

Chennai, Mar 10 (): Tamil Nadu will witness a five-cornered contest with two parties-Left and Congress playing the role of spoilers.

DMK bowed down to VCK’s demand and gave it an extra seat. BJP is facing flak from MDMK and PMK for giving DMDK importance over others. AIADMK ‘s campaign by Jayalalithaa is going on in full steam.

Yesterday, CPM ‘s Karat said that invitation from DMK was unacceptable since it was once part of UPA and said that avoiding the Left, no party can form an alternative government.

With Stalin’s firm refusal to have any truck with Congress, Tamil Nadu after 1989 would now see DMK fielding 36 candidates. In 1989, DMK fielded 31 candidates in Tamil Nadu’s 31 constituencies and lost all.

Congress is the deciding factor in 12 constituencies. Most of it are in South Tamil Nadu. It has a 6% vote share and due to Kamaraj factor, it has a loyal vote bank among some castes. In a five-cornered contest, a ten thousand vote margin can dictate the outcome.

Chidambaram’s Sivaganga, Mani Shankar Aiyar’s Mayiladuthurai and G K Vasan are formidable Tamil Nadu Congress leaders. Tamil Nadu Congress chief is camping in Delhi and talking to high command. Rahul wants to go it alone and feels that aligning with scam-tainted DMK would show that it was part of 2G scam. Congress had distanced itself from the scam and the blame came on DMK.

Left has sizeable influence to bring down votes but not enough to impact the election results in Tamil Nadu.

Many fringe outfits of Christian and Muslims met Jayalaithaa and offered their support. Smaller outfits that are caste based do play a role in vote mobilization in Tamil Nadu and becomes more important as the fight is five-cornered. AAP was set to enter Tamil Nadu in this poll and Bader Syed, one-time AIADMK MLA and companion of Jayalalithaa joined AAP and she is expected to contest the poll. Her family which runs SIET, a Muslim trust that runs educational institutions in Chennai is influential in the community.