Actor-director Seeman would be fielded by the AIADMK combine to contest against CM Karunanidhi in the ensuing Assembly elections in the State, it was finalized and announced today. Ever since he was jailed for his remarks criticizing the Lankan government’s actions against Sri Lankan Tamils, Seeman is at loggerheads with the style of functioning of the chief minister.
Pitting Seeman against Kalaignar is seen as a clever ploy on the part of the AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha, who wants to leave no stone unturned in her effort to dethrone Kalaignar and wrest back the power in the State. Seeman is quite popular in filmy circles as well as among those whose hearts bleed for the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
Sensing the strong anti-incumbency factor in the face of the stance taken by the local government vis-à-vis the ethnic strife in the war-torn Island Nation, the AIADMK and its allies are moving in for the ‘kill’ in their effort to unsettle the Octogenarian chief minister from his saddle.
Vaiko, an erstwhile confidante of Kalaignar and now an ally of AIADMK, is said to be the one who coaxed Seeman to agree to contest against Kalaingar as the ‘common opposing candidate’. Seeman would be contesting under his ‘Naam Thamizhar’ outfit but would enjoy the support of almost all opposition parties including the Communists.
It may be noted that noted Dravidian leader Pazha Nedumaran, actor Nasser and director-actor Manivannan too are in favour of Seeman’s decision to contest against Kalaignar.
Seeman’s foray into the election has undoubtedly created a buzz in Kollywood, considered pro-Kalaignar.