Thiru Thiru, Thuru Thuru

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 07, 2018 06:30 PM IST

The coming months will be crucial in Tamilnadu politics.

By-elections to two Assembly seats (Thiruvarur and Thiruparankundram) mean a political war in the Dravidian land, which will be important for both the ruling AIADMK and the Stalin-led DMK.

The seats have fallen vacant after the death of M Karunanidhi from Thiruvarur and A K Bose from Thiruparankundram.

Though by-elections have not been announced officially, yet the major political parties are already in poll mode in both the places. These towns welcome visitors with banners and wall paintings.

For the AIADMK, it is an acid test in Thiruparankundram. They have lots to do.

Having lost RK Nagar to AMMK's Dhinakaran, they should be going all guns blazing to snatch victory here, to set things right. The latter exudes confidence on continuing the good run of RK Nagar.

War of words has already escalated between the two with AIADMK leaders trading series of charges against Dhinkaran, while the latter is keen to add one more to his kitty. More to unfold in the next few weeks.

Interestingly, the DMK is gearing up for a tough task in Thiruvarur. Though their spirits are high after M K Stalin's elevation as party president, the pressure is on the cadres to win with a sizeable margin.

And political pundits predict, M K Alagiri, elder son of Karunanidhi, may stand in the middle. A handsome victory would add more strength to the newly crowned chief.

With general elections round the corner, a good show in the by-elections would add advantage to the winners. And it is time for voters to disprove general belief that they can be bought.