For the first time, Tamil Nadu’s voters have an option apart from voting for the DMK or AIADMK. Also for the first time, they have multiple contenders for the CM’s post. Senior journlist R Rajagopalan, who travelled through Tamil Nadu, says it will be an election of many firsts. Will Tamil Nadu have a hung assembly? Or will it have a coalition government, a first for the southern state? Electioneering in Tamil Nadu has picked up but the voters are confused by the ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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As the Opposition leader in the state assembly, M K Stalin has to fend off the ruling AIADMK on the one hand and prevent the re-emergence of a non-Dravidian Opposition on the other -- but his immediate challenge comes from within, in the form of his wheelchair-bound octogenarian party leader and father M Karunanidhi, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Image: DMK treasurer M K Stalin doing yoga on International Yoga Day 2016. Photograph: Courtesy, M K Stalin's Facebook page. Despite managing the ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
When M K Stalin attended the Jayalalithaa government’s swearing-in and the chief minister thanked him for the gesture, a new page was turned in the state’s political lexicon, reports B Srikumar. It came as a big surprise for most people in Tamil Nadu who are used to political mud-slinging and name-calling between rivals, when Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s issued a statement thanking M K Stalin, her political rival and treasurer of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, for attending the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago How DMK failed to grab the chance in Tamil Nadu Rediff.com, 1 month ago Amma creates poll history as Tamil Nadu remains 'Dravidian', yet Rediff.com, 1 month ago Can the EC fight Tamil Nadu's 'cash-for-votes' frenzy? Rediff.com, 1 month ago
IMAGE: Workers smear green colour on the poster carrying the photo of Mamata Banerjee. Photograph: PTI IMAGE: AIADMK supporters offer tributes to a statue of party founder M G Ramachandra near the party headquarters in Chennai. Photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj As the early trends projected an advantage for the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam, its ecstatic workers began flocking the party headquarters and supremo Jayalalithaa's residence in the city, gearing up for ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Meanwhile in Chennai, both parties celebrate Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam juggernaut rolled on Thursday getting a simple majority with the chief minister bucking the anti-incumbency trend and retaining power in Tamil Nadu for a second consecutive term, the first time by anyone in the last three decades in the state. The AIADMK bagged 134 seats as counting of votes was taken up for 232 of the 234 assembly constituencies. Polling in two constituencies has been postponed to May 23. However, the Dravida Munnetra ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago AIADMK candidates' list out, Jaya to re-contest R K Nagar seat Rediff.com, 2 months ago 'No words to thank Tamil people': Jayalalithaa on second straight win Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Sources say all political parties other than Congress and AIADMK have supported the GST Bill The Union government is confident it would be able to garner an adequate number of votes in the Rajya Sabha to ensure the passage of the Constitution amendment Bill on goods and services tax during the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament. Based on this, it has already begun working on a timeline that envisages roll-out of the GST regime from April 2017. Top government sources told Business ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The assembly election results on May 19 altered India’s political landscape and with it dented Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar’s prime ministerial ambitions, says Devanik Saha. With three years remaining for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, politicians having prime ministerial ambitions have started playing their cards. The most notable name which has emerged is that of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is fancying himself to challenge Modi in 2019. Though he has not ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The AIADMK supremo retained 13 of her ministers, who were in the previous cabinet, besides inducting 17 new faces including four women. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo J Jayalalithaa, who bucked a 32-year trend to storm back to power for a second consecutive term, on Monday took oath as chief minister for the sixth time at a function attended by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders, departing from the practice of rivals keeping away from each other’s swearing-in ceremony.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
As counting is on in the five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal -- here’s a look at where the heavyweights stand. TAMIL NADU J Jayalalithaa The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has won from the RK Nagar constituency in Chennai. No surprises there! M K Stalin Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Karunanidhi son and apparent heir to the throne, MK Stalin, has won from Kolathur. Karunanidhi DMK President M ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Will Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu do a U-turn on prohibition? Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Here’s what leaders from different political parties had to say as results were being announced from Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. IMAGE: AIADMK supporters celebrate the victory in Chennai. Photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj “Want to thank the people of Bengal for giving us a huge victory. It is an unprecedented victory despite a joint opposition unleashing violence.” -- Mamata Banerjee, TMC chief and West Bengal CM “There was a curiosity about ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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