Almost the contest looks like the election war between the ruling DMK and Opposition AIADMK. The council's present president Rama Narayanan is leading a team of contestants, who have called themselves Tamil Pada Thayarippalargal Munnetra Ani (Tamil Film Producers' Progressive Front), more or less an open admission of its being yet another DMK outfit, a senior film producer said.
A rival group lead by Keyar claiming to represent the pro-opposition faction has announced its support for Radhika Sarath Kumar's candidature in the July 6 polls. It is worth mentioning that Keyar is not a Tamilian. Rama Narayanan faction is now using the language weapon to corner Keyar group.
Surprisingly, one of its supporters is producer-director SA Chandrasekhar, hitherto known to be a staunch DMK supporter.
A soap opera featuring Radhika is now being beamed by Sun TV, owned by Kalanidhi Maran, the estranged grandson of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Radhika owns 51.42 percent of the shares of Radan Media work Ltd, a publicly listed company.
The Maran brothers - Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi, who are known to have open differences with DMK President Karunanidhi and his family, have been openly promoting Radhika's candidature for TPFC top post and openly supporting her husband Sarath Kumar's new party AISMK.
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has issued notices to Rama Narayanan and AVM Murugan, the returning officer during last year's elections, as a petition has challenged his continuance this year, alleging that Murugan allowed massive rigging and helped Rama Narayanan's win.