Jaya's downfall fuels Congress' hopes

After Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s conviction in a corruption case, the Congress hopes to play an important role in the southern state where it has been out of power for over four decades.

The Congress has been pushed to the margins of Tamil Nadu politics since the rise of the Dravidian parties in the 1960s. For the last decade, it had rode piggyback on DMK, which was a constituent of the UPA, to win elections in the state assembly or the Lok Sabha.

“Congress has been the third party in Tamil Nadu after the Dravidian outfits,” a senior AICC functionary said. He contended that Jayalalitha’s conviction in a disproportionate assets case on Saturday could provide an opportunity for Congress revival in the state.

The AICC functionary claimed that in such a scenario the Congress can play an important role in state politics.

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