Ad Here  
Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Don’t seem to feel the pulse… A professional at the helm of IRDA... Where is Rajaji? IPL - no surprise this scam Tough task taking states together A rich pool of talent not utilised…. WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Demise of a media baron... The Swadeshi Trump Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways SoA @ 80 The sea- saw battle continues... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Gay abandon in pricing L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles IAS invades NDDB... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Tax agriculture When the President was rendered homeless… Cement prices continue to rise… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi A welcome initiative by the judiciary Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Boy, can you beat these? A friendly business group Discoms deserve better… All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Medical costs hit the roof... Poor quality of university VCs Why this malaise in medical education? B H Kothari - a tribute Mersal magnified Cutting the nose to spite the face TIAM turns a full cycle How Air-India loses customs... Shanti and Sadhana through Music CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Where a state respects its litterateurs… Revving up the manufacturing sector The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Modi storms Silicon Valley Plummeting profits of PSBs Marketing expert Balagopal is no more R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Pharma – overdose of copying Noble nonagenarians... Delhi is distant… The power-full Hindujas Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Rahman at CIC Tribute Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Tatas moving out of urea production... This scant respect for Law Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Mu Sigma – is no more Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Shipping woes of Chennai companies Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Editor's Says Muffled voices for merit… EEC at the National Media Centre Robber barons everywhere An enemy’s enemy is a friend The balancing act The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu When nations steal growth from one another… Editor's Notes TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Fortune 500 review Sweeter prospects for sugar Another Indian music maestro at the UN Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Quality education through the PPP mode Revive development banks... The rise and fall of Annamalai University Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Secularism and anti-Hinduism Haul over the coal Fortune for Indian Airlines The nuclear option Intellectual of rare qualities Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Delhi returns to BJP Road development slows down Building loyalty through the stomach Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Polls and promises GM Technology at last! Russi Mody – a tribute A more liberated TN… Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Maximising the micro pricing … Paytm karo... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Kinetic Karnataka CII projects higher growth… When online building permits work…. The few handicaps... Towards speedy justice He continues the focus on social amelioration Alexa – Talking Wikipedia No engine for this car Waning interest in public discussions… Tatas moving out of urea production... China invests in India Telangana in top gear… Solar, solar everywhere … Vibrant Gujarat TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Delhi is distant More tributes to GR Parliament in paralysis... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Kudos to NDTV... Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Banning booze... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Five star activism stalls development activity …and of a popular trade leader Welcome GST The rise and rise of KCP Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Why land prices zoom in TN? An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! He saved millions from starvation... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Kulandai was a giant Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS EVM is tamper-proof Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Fuel for thought Return to king coal for urea... West Bengal: mindless malignancy Engineering seats go abegging The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Protest masters... Gas is the way forward Breaththrough in malaria control Funding the un-funded No Maha Koottani in TN... Align crops to agro climate endowments… Quality silica from Neyveli Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... PC’s preference for professionals No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Readers' Mail Strengthen the base... ONGC at KG Basin Modi and the lady Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Adharma of opposition politics Make standards certification mandatory... Wise Presidents Which side are you, Montek? When Ratan Tata visited SRM Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Tribute – M V Murugappan TGS- The king storyteller Moily’s bold thrust For whom the MIDS bell tolls? When small is no larger beautiful.. Things happen by accident and not by design... Shale gas and its shallow future Preserving for the future Airlines in India: cost and space A glass full of corruption A think tank for Chennai Delhi Chalo... Nuclear power at the nucleus Convulsions in The Hindu More heat than light The star of Spencers is no more Sri Lanka votes for change Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Valli, they are more marginalised Excel Generators provide the vital back-up TELANGANA at last…BUT A yen for wastage… For whom the bell tolls? Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Contrarian cousins Solar thermal shines… Small units prefers to remain small... Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Streamlining mandatory third party cover Welcome focus on core competence The why of tax incentives An inexplicable neglect Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Roaring Ro-Ro facility to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The brown list of Venkitaramanan Making ‘my Amaravati’... The Gulf aviation boom Sweet news for TN sugar mills A proud Madrasi Silver Years of Madras Musings London, London Narayan Put expensive assets created to use... Music happens GNS - 100: our first subscriber Multi-faceted Venkat Come elections, come advertisements... Should we change the official year? The Jan Dhan bonanza Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Auto components surge… IPL type auction for VCs? Build close rapport with business leaders
Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked

Close to five decades ago elder statesman Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari, (aka Rajaji), appreciated the value of electoral arithmetic.

He factored that the formidable Congress in those time garnered more votes than polled individually by other parties who were fighting elections separately contributing to the splitting of anti-Congress votes. He formed an alliance in the 1967 elections with the DMK and other parties opposed to the Congress. This association contributed to a facile win for the DMK, which captured power with a comfortable majority. The formula worked well in the subsequent elections to the Assembly in Tamil Nadu by parties opposed to the party in power forming a united front.

The arithmetic is simple. Take the voter turn out to be around 60 per cent and the vote share of 35 per cent for the AIADMK; 30 per cent for the DMK; 9 per cent for DMDK; 8 per cent for Congress; 5 per cent for PMK and 2-3 per cent each for CPI, CPM and MDMK. You can now easily see the success of anti-incumbency factor when parties in opposition come together.

This was precisely the reason for the impressive victory of the JDU-RJD-Congress front. When these fought individually in the elections for the Lok Sabha last year, the BJP-LJD combine registered a huge win. In the recent assembly elections, there has not been much of a change in the votes polled by the respective parties. But the coming together of the three major opposition parties ensured comfortable majority  for the Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad-Rahul led front.

The lesson is clear for the Tamil Nadu elections due early next year. But with every party leader dreaming of chief-ministership, there is the difficulty of forging unity among the anti-AIADMK parties. They are, of course, familiar with the AIADMK winning 37 out of 39 seats in the elections to the Lok Sabha last year, purely on the splitting of votes among the opposition parties. But elections are still away and the lessons of the Bihar election are bound to weigh with these.


Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236