May 24, 2024

Seventy-one 12 months previous, actor-politician Vijayakanth, who handed away in Chennai on December 28, had carved out a particular place within the hearts of Tamil Nadu voters like actor M G Ramachandran (MGR) and Jayalalitha.

Additionally he didn’t waver like famous person Rajinikanth when he determined to do one thing to combat poverty and corruption, which he did as an motion hero in his movies.

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Vijayakanth’s Foray Into Politics

So when he launched his celebration Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam (DMDK), he deeply upset the plans of DMK chief M Karunanidhi and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa as he emerged as a 3rd pressure within the state in 2006.

His foray noticed Karunanidhi unable to safe sufficient majority within the 2006 meeting elections and compelled to kind a minority authorities with the assist of allies. His celebration polled a formidable 8.38 % vote share as an unbiased participant. By 2009, the DMDK’s vote share elevated to over 10 % within the parliamentary elections.

Like MGR, Vijayakanth drew assist from ladies and youth, promising to combat corruption, which got here to be related to the DMK rule beneath Karunanidhi.

Vijayakanth nurtured a deep antipathy in the direction of Karunanidhi. The excitement was that he couldn’t forgive the DMK as a result of its authorities had demolished a significant portion of his marriage corridor in Chennai, which additionally served as his celebration headquarters for the development of a flyover.

In 2011, Vijayakanth made the error of coming into into an alliance with the AIADMK. His celebration emerged because the second largest celebration within the Tamil Nadu Meeting. As Jayalalithaa turned CM, Vijayakant, with 29 MLAs, turned the Chief of Opposition. However their private equations nosedived. He overtly started to confront Jayalalithaa on many points on the ground of the Tamil Nadu Meeting.

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A furious Jayalalithaa challenged him to contest an election alone to show his celebration’s energy. She chided the DMDK, saying that Vijayakanth couldn’t have gained even two seats with out an alliance with the AIADMK. Later, as a retribution, she ensured defection of his celebration MLAs together with a key chief, Ma Foi Okay. Pandiarajan, who later turned a minister in her cupboard in 2016. Subsequently, many DMDK MLAs joined the AIADMK or the DMK.

Nevertheless, Vijayakanth selected to plough his personal furrow.

Alliance With NDA

When Narendra Modi emerged because the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, Vijayakanth prolonged assist to him. His celebration joined palms with Modi as an NDA ally within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Vijayakanth campaigned for the BJP, which introduced him nearer to Modi. Because the PM-elect, Modi recalled the function of Vijayakanth in his first deal with to the NDA MPs in 2014.

Later, for the 2016 meeting elections, Vijayakanth joined palms with the four-party alliance Individuals’s Welfare Entrance, and projected himself because the CM candidate.

The entrance consisted of the Left events, Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) and the MDMK led by Vaiko and the Tamil Maanila Congress led by G Okay Vasan.

Not solely was the entrance a non-starter, Vijayakanth himself misplaced his deposit.

Within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the DMDK was a part of the AIADMK-BJP alliance. The AIADMK managed to safe just one seat.

Learn | Kamal Haasan reacts to Vijayakanth’s loss of life: ‘Lived with humanity in each motion’ 

For the 2021 meeting elections, the DMDK went into an electoral cope with T T V Dhinakaran’s AMMK however couldn’t win any of the 60 seats it contested. It noticed a vote proportion swing of -1.96 % in comparison with earlier meeting elections. After the elections, the DMK emerged because the ruling celebration, and the AIADMK emerged as the principle celebration of the opposition.
Through the years, Vijayakanth’s well being had taken a heavy beating owing to his habits. Due to this fact, his spouse Premalatha emerged as the true head of the DMDK. The truth is, Vijayakanth’s final public look was on a wheel chair on December 13 when Premalatha was formally elected the overall secretary of his celebration.

Vijayakanth’s Legacy

What’s the legacy that Vijayakanth leaves behind? On this planet of Tamil cinema, Vijayakanth could be remembered for reaching business success similar to MGR and Sivaji and that he stayed afloat regardless of the emergence of famous person Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

Vijayakanth had earned two monikers — “Karuppu (black) MGR” and “Captain” due to the characters he portrayed within the Tamil cinema. Happy with his darkish complexion, Vijayakanth was seen by his followers as an incarnation of MGR. Like him, Vijayakanth took to large time philanthropy and social service. He bought the prefix “Captain” to his identify due to the function of a police officer in his one hundredth movie, Captain Prabhakaran, the place he performed the function of a daring police officer in pursuit of dangerous characters.

As for the politics in Tamil Nadu, Vijayakanth could be recalled for being a “Puratchi Kalaignar” (revolutionary artiste) who had a down-to-earth method, invested his personal hard-earned cash in his celebration and endeared himself to his cadres and voters alike.

Shekhar Iyer is former senior affiliate editor of Hindustan Instances and political editor of Deccan Herald. Views are private, and don’t characterize the stand of this publication.