Jayalalithaa held a massive rally in Madurai on October 18, taking the DMK head-on. Madurai is considered to be the impenetrable bastion of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's son M K Alagiri, who is also a Union minister.
The AIADMK supremo was particularly cutting in her remarks against him.
Among her many calls that day, she demanded to know if Madurai was Alagiri's ''ancestral property'' and declared that she chose to address the rally even though several threats were made to her life, specifically asking her not to attend the event.
Her party members had decided to take no risks and surrounded her with some 1000 'guards' - party members trained in self-defence and protection. Indeed the only minor incident was a massive traffic-jam leading to the venues that led to Jayalalithaa being stranded for nearly two hours in her vehicle.
The DMK have yet to make any significant response to the rally. But the political scene in Tamil Nadu is just beginning to heat up - So there is plenty of time yet.
Image: AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha shows a victory sign to her supporters during a rally in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on Oct 18, 2010.