The crushing defeat of the DMK in the Tamil Nadu elections should have made its coalition partner, the Congress party, as despondent as former chief minister M. Karunanidhi looks to be these days. But, given the exigencies of coalition politics, the ruling party at the Centre doesn’t seem to be all that anguished over the victory of J. Jayalalithaa, the DMK’s arch nemesis. Now that the lady has made her first visit to Delhi as the new chief minister, there may be a few tremors being felt in Chennai notwithstanding her swipes against the home minister.
For now, the DMK needs all the friends it can get, especially those in power in Delhi. So, even though the patriarch is furious that his daughter has not been given bail, he knows that this is not a good time to cut himself off from the Congress-led UPA. Because, if it’s not the DMK, then there’s always the AIADMK.