Who’s who in Tamil Nadu elections: Vaiko
Last month, Tamil Nadu politician Vaiko – the coordinator of the People’s Welfare Front and leader of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – pulled off a coup, stealing a prize catch from right under the nose of his former mentor M Karunanidhi.
The DMK had been wooing Vijayakanth, leader of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam, as was the Bharatiya Janata Party. Karunanidhi was so certain that Vijayakanth was on board that he had hinted that the alliance with the DMDK was complete and only the formal announcement was left. But to everyone’s surprise, the People’s Welfare Front – comprising Vaiko’s MDMK, the two Left parties, and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi – minnows in terms of resources, managed to bring Vijayakanath over as an ally.