Tamil Nadu election 2021 is mostly about MK Stalin. Here’s why

No Tamil Nadu chief minister besides the late J Jayalalithaa gained back-to-back elections to have uninterrupted keep in workplace. Her mentor MG Ramachandran and M Karunanidhi gained two consecutive phrases however with the interruptions of President’s Rule. From 1989 until 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa alternated in working the federal government.

In 2016, Jayalalithaa broke the alternating sample to win back-to-back Tamil Nadu elections. But later that 12 months, she handed away. Her arch-rival Karunanidhi handed away in 2018. The AIADMK didn’t go to Jayalalithaa’s shut aide VK Sasikala, and Chief Minister E Palaniswami can’t declare her political legacy.

On the opposite hand, the DMK handed on from Karunanidhi to his son MK Stalin, whom the previous chief minister had groomed for the position. He confronted challenges from brother MK Alagiri and a subdued competitors from sister Kanimozhi however Stalin managed to show his declare on Karunanidhi’s political legacy within the DMK.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2021 is a check for Stalin to see whether or not voters see him because the political inheritor of Karunanidhi. Given that the AIADMK has seen extreme infighting because the 2016 Tamil Nadu polls and is nonetheless sitting on an uneasy truce between camps led by Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the DMK below Stalin has a much better stage set for its victory than earlier than when Karunanidhi took on Jayalalithaa for 3 a long time.

In a way, the Tamil Nadu Assembly election is MK Stalin’s to lose. The AIADMK doesn’t have a stalwart within the fray. Stalin has the dynasty of a stalwart to showcase. If he wins the Tamil Nadu election, Stalin could emerge as the following huge chief from the state.


Though it was Stalin who virtually managed Karunanidhi’s final meeting election problem towards Jayalalithaa in 2016, this is his first check during which he doesn’t have the mass enchantment of his late father.

Karunanidhi selected Stalin as his inheritor obvious from an early age. At 14, Stalin campaigned within the 1967 Tamil Nadu election. Now, at 68, Stalin eyes chief ministerial place which Karunanidhi held 5 instances in Tamil Nadu.


Stalin is a six-term MLA in Tamil Nadu successful the primary ballot in 1991. He was already a identified title in Tamil Nadu politics by then, courtesy his early entry into political campaigns that noticed him going to jail throughout Emergency.

His rise got here in Nineteen Nineties when he turned the primary straight elected mayor of Chennai and vigorously undertook a metropolis beautification programme — the Singara Chennai challenge. His second election bumped into controversy over violation of guidelines of membership.

He was pressured resign however he had carved a picture for himself as an ready administrator. This was what he went with to the voters within the Tamil Nadu election this time. Stalin claims the political legacy of Karunanidhi and new-style administration for brand new era of voters.


Karunanidhi declared Stalin as his successor in 2013. The DMK failed within the subsequent Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Voices had been raised towards Stalin. By 2019, Stalin had silenced his critics.

Stalin led the DMK-alliance to a formidable victory within the 2019 Lok Sabha election and bypolls for 21 meeting seats. The DMK gained all 20 seats its contested within the Lok Sabha election whereas the alliance gained 38 of 39 seats. In the meeting bypolls, the DMK-alliance received 12 of 21 seats.


By stitching an alliance of eight events in post-Karunanidhi part, Stalin has confirmed himself because the chief of not solely the DMK however of the complete alliance. He additionally maintained the DMK’s dominance.

In 2016, the DMK contested 178 seats. It is in fray on 173 seats this time. The Congress contested 41 in 2016 when Karunanidhi was there however needed to be content material with solely 25 this time with Stalin because the alliance chief.

Stalin additionally confirmed flexibility by bringing within the Left events and providing them extra seats from the DMK quota. His alliance seems to be strong to seize the final voters’ pattern in Tamil Nadu.

What is at stake for Stalin on this meeting election is his acceptability and recognition quotient amongst 6.28 crore voters of Tamil Nadu. This can even determine whether or not Tamil Nadu voters go for dynasty or a extra ‘democratised’ AIADMK.

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