As the mercury keeps moving up in the wake of rising temperature, poll fever is also soaring northward in Tamil Nadu which will witness a fierce fight for the 39 Lok Sabha seats between ruling AIADMK and DMK, even as a six-party BJP-led alliance is trying to play spoilsport.
The state which faces voting on April 24 has witnessed a new combination of political parties grouping together, particularly that of the one led by the saffron party and some allies witnessing isolation.
While DMK ditched Congress, AIADMK dumped the two Left parties and BJP managed to form a rainbow alliance with six parties.
After a hiatus of almost two decades, Congress has been pushed to the wall in Tamil Nadu, where it faces the compulsion of going it alone in the elections without the backing of allies, after M Karunanidhi-headed DMK dumped it.
Incensed over the attitude of Congress-led UPA governemnt which haunted some front-ranking DMK leaders on the 2G scam despite the party being an ally, Karunanidhi shut the doors on the Congress by spurning its offers to renew ties.
DMK feels that UPA-II captained by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had let it down on various matters, including on protecting fishermen and Sri Lankan Tamils issue, the major plank on which all political outfits find common cause to further their interests.
Though DMK kept on sulking over the treatment its Dalit leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja got on the 2G scam, which also caught in its web, Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi and his wife Dayalu, the party snapped its alliance with UPA over Tamils issue in March last year and later pulled its ministers out of the UPA ministry.