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What Rajini's entry means for TN politics
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What Rajini's entry means for TN politics

The BJP will be the obvious gainer while the DMK stands to lose a major chunk of its vote bank, says R Rajagopalan. Now that superstar Rajinikanth has announced that he will indeed be joining politics, it would be interesting to see who will be affected by his decision and in which way. It is clear that after the two rival factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supported the National Democratic Alliance's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, bonhomie has developed between them ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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Shah and Modi are ready for Presidential poll

Modi and Shah have finalised names for the Rashtrapati's post, which the BJP boss has discussed with the RSS chief.R Rajagopalan reports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah have zeroed in on a few names for the Presidential election. Senior Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari, in informal chats with the media, accept that the Modi-Shah duo have some names in mind. Shah discussed these names with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak ...
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AIADMK under strain over EPS move on Jaya properties

A new political crisis brews in Tamil Nadu, says R Rajagopalan. A new political crisis is brewing in the VK Sasikala camp in Tamil Nadu -- differences between Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and party general secretary VK Sasikala. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazahagam insiders fear that these differences could lead to a third split in the party, which could even bring down the Palaniswami government. After former CM J Jayalalithaa’s death last year, the party split into two -- ...
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Clues to TN's future lie in Sasikala-Dinakaran meeting

The power Dinakaran wields over the party will be seen on June 14, when Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has called for a special session of the Tamil Nadu assembly to discuss and pass the Goods and Services Tax bill, says R Rajagopalan. Utter confusion prevails in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu. In the aftermath of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, the party split into two factions lead by Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, and ...
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Is M K Stalin eyeing a national role?

Is Stalin positioning himself as a central figure in the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party, anti-Narendra Modi formation? Does Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam working president M K Stalin have national ambitions? Why else will he be in constant touch with top Opposition leaders in almost all political parties, that too from the Hindi heartland? For instance, he often talks on the phone with Akhilesh Yadav, Omar Abdullah, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s sons, even Mayawati’s brother. Then, there is the ...
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Both AIADMK factions reel under internal rivalry

It is thanks to these internal differences that the much-awaited merger between the two factions has not made any headway so far, reports R Rajagopalan. The Sasikala faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is facing a tremendous amount of internal pressure, with three or four warring groups unable to come to grips with each other.  With the faction leaders V K Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran behind bars, there has been behind-the-scenes build-up by various ...
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EPS to back BJP's presidential candidate, but that's not all

With both the factions pledging their support, the BJP believes that the natural corollary is for them to now merge and retain the two-leaves election symbol, a view shared by the prime minister as well. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the support of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Sasikala faction for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s presidential candidate.  Palaniswami, popularly referred to as ...
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Modi-Palaniswami meet on Wednesday

Tamil Nadu CM Edapaadi Palaniswami is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.Palaniswami, of the AIADMK Sasikala faction, is likely to extend support of the faction's 122 MLAs and 26 MPs for the presidential polls, which will be conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet. Modi also met former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam last week on Friday and has been assured of support from the OPS faction as well, with its 10 MLAs and 11 ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago What transpired between OPS and Modi in Delhi?  Rediff.com1 month ago OPS assures PM of support for prez polls  Rediff.com2 months ago OPS plans mahagathbandhan if AIADMK merger fails  Rediff.com2 months ago
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TRS gets defence land for secretariat, BJP its vote

Speculation is rife that the land deal came after the Telangana Rashtra Samithi agreed to vote with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presidential elections scheduled for July, but the TRS has rubbished these reports. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao must be a happy man. Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has cleared the proposal to hand over 60 acres of defence land on Parade Ground in Secunderabad to the Telangana government for building its new secretariat. The decision came at ...
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Who will Modi pick to succeed Pranab?

Given Modi's penchant for springing a surprise, the BJP nominee for President could be anyone.The only thing certain is that it will be an RSS person, reports R Rajagopalan. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo   That Congress President Sonia Gandhi has gone into overdrive for the Presidential election is well known. What is not known is the strategy being charted by Gandhi to ensure a ...
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