Arvind Kejriwal’s resounding victory against the ruling BJP in the national capital has lifted the spirit of the political class even in far off Tamil Nadu. Some doubters in the DMK who were skeptical about engaging professionals to run a crucial Assembly poll campaign were enthused by success of Kejriwal - Prashant Kishor partnership in Delhi.
Audible murmurs are already heard about PK’s role in DMK of late countering the anti-Hindu narrative built against it by the BJP backed right-wing constituency in the state. Though the party has been going soft on religious matters and donning a Hindu-friendly role ever since MK Stalin took over the reins from his father M Karunanidhi, the recent pro-Hindu statements of some of its leaders, including the likes of Stalin and Kanimozhi were attributed to I-PAC.
As if Stalin and Kanimozhi’s clarification on the party being Hindu-friendly were not enough, even smaller players like party Mannargudi MLA TRB Raja, son of the DMK Parliamentary party leader TR Baalu, had posted pictures of his temple visits and reasoned that the DMK was not against any faith. Raja who posted a video of his dancing with kavadi along with other Murugan devotees had even responded to a critique of the same and said that he has been like this even during the days of MK (Karunanidhi).
“I have been very open about my beliefs. It is juvenile to think of this as planted,” Raja tweeted, before adding that the PK thingy was bound to drag skepticism and send many tongues wagging. “Questions like what is the IT wing for? DMK is decades old party, why don’t you trust the cadre etc are on expected lines. Point is #election is more like war all is fair,” he added.
Professor Ramu Manivannan, head of department of political science, Madras University argued; “I don’t think it’s due to the poll analyst. DMK has been doing it for almost three years now, after Stalin took over. Right wing opposition is deliberately spreading an anti-Hindu narrative against the party. DMK has the need to clarify. The party, like most other parties, has only been allotting tickets during election on caste and religious basis. So, one cannot even say the party is for or against a particular religion.”