Alternative to Dravidian giants
Tamil Nadu is now witnessing the emergence of several smaller parties which had up till now been overshadowed by AIADMK and DMK.
After the death of MG Ramachandran, a number of political parties had been formed with the hope that space was now emerging in Tamil Nadu politics that could be used effectively to create a new narrative against the prevailing practice of dominance by the two parties, the AIADMK and the DMK. There was a general anxiety prevailing among the smaller political parties as the two dominant political parties with their strong leadership had reduced the political space for smaller players. It was felt that after the demise of MG Ramachandran, no leader in the AIADMK could consolidate the party like before. Unfortunately, all their hopes were belied by J Jayalalithaa through her relentless struggle against her political opponents, both within the party and outside. She retained the AIADMK as strong, dominant, vibrant, and more vigorous than ever before, by consolidating her position in the party and strategically marginalising the smaller parties.