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In politics, many people believe they have different choices to select from, but in reality, they are left with political parties having same ideologies with similar styles of functioning. The political parties in India go to a great extent in creating the perception that they are different from each other, but a careful analysis will reveal that they have a similar style of functioning. For example, in the state of Tamilnadu the two major parties AIADMK and DMK works in similar fashion in all the criteria of governing like Leading the party ,strategizing during elections, and handling important issues affecting the state.

 

First in terms of leadership, both parties have similar styles of functioning. During the elections, for the post of party presidency members of both the parties select their leader unanimously. In the last 3 decades, both DMK and AIADMK have selected the same incumbent leader of their respective parties without anybody opposing them, thereby, proving that there is little party democracy left within them. The leaders themselves, in turn, give the most important positions to those who are close and loyal towards them. For example, In DMK, next to party president most of the other important positions are held by the family and close friends of the party president. Similarly, in AIADMK, it is no wonder that most of the decisions are taken by the close friend of its leader .Furthermore, both leaders have shown very immature animosity towards each other like arresting the opposition leaders by registering various cases against them and also, scrapping their welfare schemes .Thus,in terms of leadership style, there is little difference between the party leaders.

 

Next, they adopt similar strategies when facing elections. From candidate selection to party manifesto, these two parties follow very similar approach which in a way has brought immense success to them. During the recent elections, both parties selected candidates based on caste, money and loyalty. The manifesto of both the parties contained various free riders and appeasement towards the section of the population that they think will vote for them. During the vote canvassing both parties fielded various celebrities like film stars, cricketers, used the social media and news channels for advertising and illegal form of paid news. Last but not the least both distributed cash to voters as a means to lure them.

 

When it comes down to ideology and other important issues affecting the state, the parties act in no different manner. Both parties adopted a similar stand on the Srilankan Tamil’s issue by calling for an immediate ceasefire of the war and giving Tamils complete autonomy in their area, and advocated the central government to withdraw logistical support to the Srilankan army. In the similar fashion, the kudankulam issue saw both parties openly supporting the villagers and requesting the central government to stop using the nuclear reactor for power generation. In all other issues like liquor prohibition, river water management, agriculture, they take the same stand as one another.

 

In conclusion, the people of Tamilnadu are left with little choice to choose from the elections. The major parties in the fray DMK and AIADMK have the same ideology and are no different to each other. Their leaders work in a very similar fashion. Their stand on various issues of Tamilnadu polity is similar as well. Hence, what may seem as two parties with major difference is a myth, and in essence they are same in ideologies, leadership and functioning.

 

 

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