In our July issue, I suggested the ruling AIADMK should consider offering a safe Rajya Sabha seat to Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar. The DMK could offer such a seat to Dr. Manmohan Singh. Such concepts are readily accepted in several other states, but political parties in Tamil Nadu
The representation of the southern states in the Union cabinet is meagre. This is related to the poor performance of the BJP in the south, save Karnataka. Of the 130 seats, the BJP drew a blank in Andhra, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
Four cabinet berths have been provided for Karnataka.
So the battle lines have been drawn for the Lok Sabha elections. The NDA led by BJP has lost a few prized members, notably the Telugu Desam Party and the PDP of Jammu & Kashmir. There were also dissensions on the part of a few regional parties. The BJP, after