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The deaths of two of the biggest icons of Dravidian politics have brought a sea change in Tamil Nadu’s politics. In a span of less than three years, Tamil Nadu has lost both J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, leaving the state in the hands of the GenNext – E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam on one side and MK Stalin on the other.
Noticing the vacuum, leaders like actor-politician Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have muscled in, although only one is contesting this election.
There is also the X-factor, TTV Dhinkaran. The nephew of Jayalalithaa’s live-in aide VK Sasikala, Dhinakaran has caused a split in the ranks of the ruling AIADMK and delivered a surprise victory in Jayalalithaa’s home turf – the RK Nagar seat in Chennai – by claiming to be the true inheritor of her legacy.
Wide disparity in performance of the winning party and the runner-up can be expected in every state of the country.
Data from past elections show that since 1952, most states have delivered a “landslide” verdict; 77 per cent of…