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2G verdict: Clean chit for DMK may change political equations, say experts

Author: Dimple Shah
by Dimple Shah
Posted: Dec 21, 2017
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The CBI Special Court's verdict to acquit all the accused, including senior DMK leaders, may trigger a political realignment in Tamil Nadu. Following the verdict, the 2G Scam scandal, which loomed over DMK's political ambition is cleared now.

The Order also came on a day RK Nagar is going for by-poll and experts say it may have some effect in favour of DMK.

Following the verdict, DMK supporters have started celebrating across the city, especially in RK Nagar, after their leaders were acquitted in the 2G spectrum scam. They wanted to send out the message to the locals through the celebrations, said an observer.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy earlier tweeted saying "I learn from some BJP activists that the Chennai RK Nagar poll has narrowed to DMK vs Dinakaran. Obviously then Tamils must vote for TTVD."

DMK Working President M K Stalin met the party supremo and his father M Karunanidhi, soon after the verdict and commented that injustice has failed and good deeds have emerged victorious.

DMK MP Kanimozhi said, "the verdict is an answer to all the problems we faced. DMK will win the elections (RK Nagar)."

It may be noted, the Special CBI Court acquitted all the accused in the 2G scam case on polling day.

The acquitted included DMK MP Kanimozhi and former Telecom minister A Raja. Kanimozhi is the daughter of party President M Karunanidhi, who may get deputy working president post in the party and A Raja was close to the first family of DMK. Both were sidelined in the party ever since they were arrested in 2011 in the alleged 2G scam, which resulted in the party to lose Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in 2011 and 2014.

Former late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's 2011 campaign theme was 'DMK's first family were a den of corruption."

For Raja, the 2G Scam verdict could allow him to bounce back as the DMK’s main Dalit face. He was once Karunanidhi’s favourite, a position he could now claim again. The Order can be seen as a boost for the DMK.

Political experts says DMK will be the better option – be it national and regional – to align with for the upcoming elections. DMK would have an edge over AIADMK as it is facing leadership vacuum and infight, which has led the party to split into three and now two.

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