TN pot electionsThey should market it better, sell tickets and popcorn, and add some more songs. Each edition of Tamil Nadu elections is a paisa-vasool entertainer with lots of eggs being broken and giving some people with some unintended facials.
If anyone voted for the DMK because they're offering free TVs, then I'm really surprised - who would have thought that there are still people in that cinema-crazy population without this essential service, second only to running water? If only the ammaa (the extra 'a' is intentional - too lazy to type her entire name with the extraa) had promised home theatres with woofers, tweeters et al, she might have pulled it off.
The customary pre-tournament transfer window saw some big names cross over - people like the actor Sarat Kumar for instance. In ten years time, it has been forecast that at this rate, the entire bench of both teams would have completely swapped (with the possible exception of the two leaders, of course). This is like the dilemma that some football fans face who don't have a local club to support. Do you support a player irrespective of where he plies his wares, or do you support the team?
The comedy track in this election was played with great aplomb by Jaya TV. Masters of stubborn resistance would do well to take lessons from the steadfast decision of the ammaa channel to hold on to their own version of reality by claiming a 10% lead in seats for the AIADMK all through the morning of the results while everyone else showed us the mundane and boring version. I wouldn't have been surprised if the former Iraqi Information Minister was a special consultant on this landmark performance.