ADMK has released what they expect will be their killer app in this election. Jaya TV had an investigation report yesterday on Karunanidhi helping the family of Nalini, who is convicted in Rajiv Gandhi Murder case. The crux of the report was Karunanidhi helped Nalini's brother in law Raja Vikram and his father Baba Vikram by making them producers for the film "Kannamma" (for which he wrote story, dialogues and screen play). The report alleges that this was done to benefit the family of Rajiv Gandhi's killers.
Technically what Mr. Karunanidhi did is not wrong. But politics is all about last minute swings, and ADMK hopes that this will split the Congress votes for DMK. Personally I think that this will not help ADMK much, as it is too late in the day.
DMK for its part is airing clippings of Karunanidhi's arrest, burning of 3 students in Dharmapuri by ADMK cadres and attacks by ADMK on the opposition parties in Sun TV Channels. DMK goes overboard with this and starts irritating the viewers.
Junior Vikatan, the so called investigative magazine from the Vikatan Stable has come out with its poll predictions - 207 seats for DMK, 26 for ADMK. If you read the explanation given at the end, after all the constituency predictions, they say that this is not based on any quantitative methods; this is purely based on the perceptions of their reporters made in the fireld. From what I know of research, this is pure hogwash. They claim to have studied each constituency in depth. But what they mention is who are the leading contestants, one line for each of the contestants, and why one or the other will win. This is the poll analysis of Tamil Nadu's No.1 magazine. No data on how many people were met, what were the questions asked, how many voters are undecided, what are the major issues - nothing. The poll prediction doesn't havey any numbers, except to give the final tally. It is as good as my dart throwing prediction made a couple of days back.
Such is the fun of TN elections.