The opposition in Lok Sabha on Monday tore into the controversial land acquisition bill, saying its ‘draconian’ and 'anti-poor' provisions would have a deleterious effect on India's food security. The opposition members, ranging from the Congress and Trinamool Congress to the Left, Biju Janata Dal and the All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam, launched a tirade against the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement (amendment) ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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In Tamil Nadu politics, Stalin is often compared to Prince Charles of England, the perennial crown prince anointed to be king one day, but whose time has still not come. Will the 2016 assembly election be his to lead the DMK in? In the case of an electoral alliance, prospective allies would rather accept M Karunanidhi, the war veteran and elder statesman as their leader. It’s more about the age factor, and personal egos of parties. Stalin may then have to wait, at least in the ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
On any other day, the Maran Brothers, possibly the richest political family in Tamil Nadu, would have preferred to hear their ‘Sun Music’ channel singing tunes to their liking. But they are sure not to like this particular one, observes N Sathiya Moorthy Former Telecom and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran, the younger of the two brothers, has said as much and more in defending himself and elder brother Kalanidhi -- the founder-owner of the Sun TV Group, after the Central ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The Election Commission is likely to hold by-polls for the Srirangam assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu on February 14. The seat became vacant due to the disqualification of All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam leader and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was convicted and sentenced to four years jail in an 18-year-old corruption case in September. Jayalalithaa has her ancestral house in Srirangam. Her party men have been keeping this seat vacant in hope that Jayalalithaa ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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