A blog commented on Vaiko's political career:
"In a decade and a half long period, Mr. Vaiko could only turn himself a force that has not only lost its mass and momentum but also continue to lose them much faster than ever! He is an utter failure at his extreme ideologies as well as his ideologies of extremism. When he stepped out of DMK in early 90s with more than half the party rallying behind him, political analysts and the common public could not resist drawing a parallel to the more dramatic ousting of the legendary MGR from the same party in the 70s. Many had predicted that he was unequivocally going to script the sequel to the political hiatus of Mr. Karunanidhi originally written by MGR. But what the history has turned out to be is the complete reversal of the future that was predicted then."
Last month, slighted by Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party, Vaiko’s MDMK Sunday said it had snapped links with the AIADMK and will not take part in assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The MDMK said it was hurt by the “arrogant attitude” of AIADMK general secretary and former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa and decided it was not feasible to remain in the AIADMK-led alliance. But the MDMK ruled out the formation of a third front or contesting alone.
It said it would boycott the April 13 elections. According to MDMK, it initially asked for 35 of the 234 seats to contest. It scaled down the number to 30. But the AIADMK offered only six seats. Later, the AIADMK increased its offer to nine seats while MDMK scaled down its demand to 21. But the AIADMK remained adamant, leading to Vaiko’s parting of ways.
So is he a spent force? The Junior Vikatan's recent poll "result" on the face should fan Jayalaithaa's optimism of making a comeback by suggesting she could win 160-41 margin. Read here. But look closely at the rider - only if Vaiko and his MDMK cadre adopt neutrality. Would they? You are welcome to make your own judgment.