There is huge space for a new political party to come forward as existing parties are family-owned enterprises, said former Union finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram while speaking at a forum, Generation 67 (G67). He also stressed that these existing parties have closed their doors for the new generation of wannabe leaders.
“Most of the regional and national parties, including Congress, have become private family properties and are beyond redemption. Thus, a newcomer who is interested in joining politics will not fit into any of these parties as he would have to praise the head or other leaders in the party,” said Karti.
Taking on the ruling party he said, “The BJP which was once democratic has now started promoting heirs of second line leaders, as evidenced in UP seat allocation.”
Karti also clarified that G67 is neither a forum nor a political party in the making. He further stated that when Donald Trump can become President of US within such a short time period, anything can happen in Tamil Nadu too.
“Did anyone predict that Jayalalithaa will die, the next in command (O Panneerselvam) will be expelled from party and the powerful woman in the party (V K Sasikala) will end up in prison? Thus anything will happen and I cannot predict as to what will happen to G67,” said Karti.
Karti Chidambaram wants to set a Tamil Nadu to new tune, one singing of youth and hope. With this view in mind, he organized G67, a seminar on the 50 years of Dravidian rule on March 6 in Chennai. Chidambaram came up with this idea two years ago. The event attracted a host of eminent speakers who shared their views on various topics. “The state needs a new political narrative. A path focused on growth and administrative efficiency, not on emotional issues,” Chidambaram had said.