- DMK's A Raja and M Kanimozhi acquitted in "2G scam" case
- Verdict seen as a political boost for DMK, shunned since scandal broke
- PM visited DMK's Karunanidhi last month, triggering talk of partnership
Politically, the acquittal comes as a massive boost for the party of 95-year-old M Karunanidhi, out of power in Tamil Nadu for the last six years, struggling with the taint of the 2G allegations against its top leaders. A Raja spent a year in jail after being arrested in 2011.
MK Kanimozhi, Mr Karunanidhi's daughter and a two-time MP, was also accused of corruption in the case and was in jail for seven months. Seen as the literary heir of Karunanidhi, the 2G allegations and the jail term meant she was only given a marginal role in the DMK, while her half-brother MK Stalin established himself as working president with their father's health deteriorating.
The 49 year-old said first she is headed home to be with family, describing it as a "great day for all party cadres".
A Raja, once known as Mr Karunanidhi's blue-eyed boy, can take his place back as the DMK's Dalit face.
The AIADMK is fighting the RK Nagar by-election in the name of Jayalalithaa or Amma (mother) as she was known to her millions of fans and supporters and to lose her seat will be a big blow. Results will be announced on Sunday, December 24.
With the 2G shadow lifted, new political possibilities open up for the DMK, which was also wiped out in the 2014 national election. A hint came last month when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a courtesy call at the home of M Karunanidhi in Chennai. The Prime Minister invited the DMK chief to recuperate in Delhi at his residence.
The DMK has been a Congress ally for the last decade, save a brief spell in between, but was a BJP ally during the Atal Bihar Vajpayee regime from 1999 to 2004.
For now, however, senior leaders dismiss the possibility of a partnership with the BJP, calling it speculative. A senior party source pointed out that the Left parties, Vaiko's MDMK and the VCK have all backed the DMK in the RK Nagar by-election.
But a leader said, "If the BJP too woos us , that would give us better negotiation power with the Congress".