When in doubt, cut out

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 03:20am hrs
Tamil Nadu politics is as Machiavellian as ever. Judge by Chief Minister M Karunanidhis latest diatribe. Without warning, he made an outburst against the cut-out culture thats rampant among political parties in the state. The CM's outburst had its desired effect. Civic bodies instantly started pulling down unauthorised cut-outs all over the landscape, even issuing ban orders against the practice. The CMs motivation, however, became clear only once his archrival and AIADMK supremo

J Jayalalithaa announced her 60th birthday. Amma loyalists had to scurry around for other means to mark the auspicious day. But what about the giant cut-outs erected across the state for the CMs sons birthday a few months ago

Cable wars

Dayanidhi Maran has been lying low, minding his own family business, after his unceremonious ouster from the Union Cabinet, precipitated by a rift with his grand-uncle and DMK chief M Karunanidhi. The family business, however, happens to be mass media. Just the other day, Maran had to make a beeline to the Chennai police to lodge a complaint against a rival cable network allegedly arm-twisting franchisees of Maran-controlled SCV to switch allegiance. The stakes, clearly, are high. Visual dominance has always held sway in the state, and cable TV wars are common in the grand political fight to control popular opinion.

Cyclone Naidu

Telugu Desam leader Chandrababu Naidu is under attack from the Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The ruling party has blamed Naidus whirlwind tour of a particular district for the crop-destroying torrential rains that occurred soon after. The former chief minister had dubbed his tour an onset of monsoons. Last heard, Andhra Pradeshs dry districts were eagerly awaiting his visit.