The minimum support price for wheat, after the government’s disastrous management of wheat import, was raised to Rs 1000/quintal. Significantly, paddy’s MSP continues to be Rs 695.
If ever there was an opportunity for opposition parties to wrest the political initiative in the Cauvery delta region, this is it. For some reason, Ko. Si Mani and the lingering presence of Moopanar have managed to sway the delta districts — Tanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam in favor of the DMK coalition in the past decade. Both parties being equally useful or useless in terms of the Cauvery Water Dispute has rendered that a secondary issue. Jaya, who once thought she could win over the brahmins and upper castes with some kudumi clad Rama Ramanathan and the dalits with MGR’s charm, has simply lost the region.
Now, an opportunity has presented itself. There is an obvious and huge disparity between the southern grain and wheat. One could easily argue that the difference exists because of faulty policy implementation by the Centre. And the state government can be accused of a) remaining silent, b) being a part of the coalition.
An issue with so much emotive potential and Jaya is nowhere to be heard. Add to this, the power situation and the recent spate of violence in the small towns — either, Jaya has lost it or is waiting for anti-incumbency and mortality to do their own thing.