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TAMIL NADU-Spent Passions

 TAMIL NADU Spent Passions MUCH blood has flowed in Tamil Nadu since the Madurai conference of the DMK in June last year when Mu Ka Muthu, the actor-son of Karunani- dhi, riding a horse, led the procession in place of M G Ramachandran, the actor-politician, and when Karunanidhi, rising to speak to a crowd which had become restive after MGR had just finished speaking, ended his talk almost before he began due to "sudden illness". The simmering conflict of ego between the "world poet" and the "revolutionary actor" had burst open. MGR's sudden discovery of corruption in his party, his consequent suspension by the DMK's executive, and his forming the Anna- DMK, the scramble for defections, and the memoranda to the President, all followed in quick succession, introducing a new element in the political scene of Tamil Nadu, which was already shaken by the Simpson struggle and the students' and agriculturists' agitations against the government All the pent-up discontent and frustration inside the ruling party due to the mounting unemployment, soaring prices, and indifference of the party bosses, found a rallying point in the matinee idol fallen from grace, While MGR could wean away only 9 MLAs and 2 MPs and very few DMK function- aries, the vast majority of rank and file thronged to him creating a powerful political force which swayed like a rudderless ship, unsure of which direction to go.

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