As ‘sunrise' year ends, DMK readies for tightrope walk
The New Indian Express Chennai|December 25, 2021
Centre-State relationship to pose challenge to 3rd largest party in LS
S KUMARESAN
IT was sunrise for the DMK after a decade as the party romped home in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in 2021 with a resounding mandate. Nationally, too, the party’s 24 Lok Sabha members and 10 Rajya Sabha MPs catapulted Stalin to national politics; but the ideological polarity with the Centre and Tamil Nadu’s financial challenges may compel the Dravidian major to do a tightrope walk.

The journey of governance so far has been smooth for the DMK, but the State’s tight fiscal position and a possible third Covid-19 wave may make the going tough. The acceptability of Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi as the next in line to the throne, and the challenges in maintaining a cordial relationship with the BJP at the Centre while being an ally of the Congress are all challenges which the party may not easily overcome.

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