CHURUMURI POLL: Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi?

Today is E-day in Tamil Nadu. One of the most bitterly fought poll battles is now underway. The Hindu calls it a watershed because of the high stakes involved. Neither alliance has spared any effort to woo voters. Free rice, television sets, personal computers, farm loan waivers have all been promised in a relentless rain of sops.

Will namma hudugi Jayalalithaa Jayaram of Lakshmipuram, Mysore, be able to buck the trend and become the first CM after M.G. Ramachandran to retain power? Or will the Muthuvel Karunanidhi family’s deft use of political power to advance their media and business interests pay off? Who will win? The AIADMK-led front or the DMK-led alliance? Who will be better for Karnataka’s interests?