After much political see-saw between DMK and UPA, the alliance is precariously stuck in cliffhanger of splitting over the fiasco of the seat-sharing talks for coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, as the DMK announced to withdraw its ministers from the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. The development was expected as the strain developed in the alliance after former Telecom Minister A Raja had to resign owing to the 2G scam and the CBI snooped at the relatives of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as well as enquired his daughter Kanimozhi. The Congress was aware of the present scene as the party mounted pressure on the DMK for more seats comparing with the previous term and wanted to reserve right to field its candidate from the constituency decided by the party. In such a situation, the dichotomy is relation was obvious. Time will say if the DMK will snap its relation with the Congress after it decided to pull out of the government. As the DMK vouched for supporting the government from outside, it is likely they could stitch their relations. The Congress will play tough on seat sharing, for it will not plunge into crisis as the Samajwadi Party is ready to support the Manmohan Singh government.

The Congress will not incur the loss in Tamil Nadu after the exit DMK as it has marginal presence in the state. The DMK will hardly repeat its sweeping performance as done in the last assembly elections, now the party is struggling with anti-incumbency factor, its own internal strife, and the sense of uncertainty about who will succeed Karunanidhi. The fissure between the Congress and DMK springs message that the coalition is commissioned and decommissioned in our country for political benefits only. Speculation is rife that Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK also keen to join the hand of the Congress. If the Congress and AIADMK go to the polls together, it is understood that Jayalalithaa will pooh pooh Left parties and MDMK. This is the reality of the coalition politics. Regardless the pleas on the coalition condition given by political parties, it is clear that they use it as a tool to grab the power, overriding the emotion of people who have final authority in the democratic set up.