Many Tamilians' scepticism about Karunanidhi's real priority in his political career were confirmed when he enacted a foolish "non-cooperation movement" with Sonia Congress last week. When his whole time & effort should have been spent in directing aid flow & rehabilitation efforts through Indian and International pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to help rehabilitate the displaced Sri Lankan Tamils due to the terrorist flush-out there, our man, who never misses a chance to proclaim his "தமிழ் பற்று" was confabulating with Congress negotiators for plum ministerial berths in the yet to be formed Union Government for his kith & kin. Even though he was not fully fit healthwise, that has not prevented this man from undertaking a long air travel from Chennai to Delhi because he knows the importance of bagging the 'right" ministries so that regular "income' to his party is assured. Moreover, he wants to personally make sure the "right person' is put in the 'right job' lest there can be 'leakage" in income and may be "business secrets"(?) too. So much for the Tamil Nadu public, who have been believing this man for the last 60 years or so.
Now, it transpires from this, that Karunanidhi's negotiations have borne fruit & he is going to install all his "right men" into the Central Cabinet. It looks like he also almost got what he wanted originally, though there are a few changes. Here is the Swindler's List of Karunanidhi:
1. Son gets Chemicals and Fertilisers
2. Grand-Nephew gets Textiles
3. Chinna Veettu Binaami gets IT & Telecom (same as last cabinet)
4. Palanimanickam gets MoS in Finance 9same as last time)
5. Nepolean gets MoS in I & B (good for Sun & Kalaignar Channells)
6. Jegathrakshakan gets MoS in Railways (PMK's loss is DMK's gain)
7. Gandhiselvan gets MoS in Rural Development (small mercies for the loss of Shipping & Surface Transport)
Prominent names missing from this list are T.R.Binaamilu and M.P. Daughter. I think Karunanidhi will be having other things in mind for them, which we will come to know very soon.
Once these people are sworn-in and take charge, then, only then, karunanidhi's focus will turn to other things. Whe n he is busy with "major" and 'important" problems like ministry making for his kith & kin, how can people expect him to concentrate on "small matters' like Sri Lankan Tamils' sufferring?