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With farmers on agenda, Rahul seeds Cong revival in TN and AP

The countdown to the 2016 assembly elections began in Tamil Nadu with the byelection to RK Nagar, where chief minister J Jayalalithaa contested and won with a huge margin. The impending assembly el

Tamil Nadu Polls: All eyes on Amma

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a fierce battle between the AIADMK and the DMK as the state goes to polls on May 16. The BJP, however, it seems, has miles to go for even registering its presence in the so

Tamil Nadu Polls: LED replaces cardboard cut-outs of politicians

Tamil Nadu streets are submerged in the election fever. During any poll season, the skyline in the state remains cluttered with larger-than-life cut-outs of political leaders.

Tamil Nadu polls: Neither Amma nor Kalaignar, some for NOTA

Reflecting his disenchantment with political parties contesting polls in the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Shankar, an auto-rickshaw driver from Ambattur (a newly formed assembly constituency after

Tamil Nadu Polls: Cash flow difficulties

C Thirunavakarasu, a member of the election surveillance team (called ‘flying squad’) on duty at Thiruvanmiyur in Tamil Nadu’s Velachery constituency, looks worried. He believes c

“BJP will emerge as alternative to Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu”

The BJP would gain in this assembly election as at “the ground level people, especially youth, want change and their connect with Narendra Modi is high today”, says party national gener

What young Tamil Nadu voters want

The youth and women spoke frankly as they queued up to vote in  232 out of 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu on Mondayt. Yamini and Kirthika, who work at a private compa

The temptress of fate

At 63, Jayalalithaa doesn’t qualify to be referred to as a ‘child’. But if the events of the last three-odd months in Tamil Nadu are anything to go by the appellati

Background check: every third new MLA faces criminal cases

As many as 36 percent Thursday’s winners – that is, 294 fresh MLAs across five states from the 812 whose affidavits were analyses – have self-declared criminal cases pending again

Political parties collected Rs 2,355 crores in LS polls in 2004, ’09, ‘14

National and regional parties collected a staggering Rs 5323.41 cr during the election period of 1,535 days between 2004 and 2015, shows an analysis of funds collected and expenditure incurred by p

The return of the cloaked Amma

Jayalalithaa, 68, has come back to power for the second consecutive term, a singular achievement in Tamil Nadu which is otherwise known to alternate its rulers. The victory is significant, yet the

In naming Dikshit, Congress tries to make a serious pitch

Sheila Dikshit, Congress veteran and former chief minister of the national capital, will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the Uttar Pradesh elections, scheduled for early next ye

We will be in the majority [in UP]: Pankaj Singh

The political career of home minister Rajnath Singh’s elder son, Pankaj Singh, has not been free of controversies. It is alleged that his father’s influence has helped him rise thro

Assembly polls: What it means for dramatis personae in different states

Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi: The outcome of elections in UP will be construed as referendum on Prime Minister’s policies, particularly the demonetisat

Assembly elections: Facebook to remind voters about polling day

Ahead of state assembly polls in five states –Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur – Facebook has decided to give polling day reminder on the newsfeed of its Indian users

Polling ends, all eyes on March 11

With the final phase polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur , the assembly polls for five states, including Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, came to an end. Amidst all five states, the bat

National parties spend a lot more on candidates than regional parties

The national parties gave to its candidates more than double the amount that the regional parties handed over to their candidates, showed a detailed analysis carried out on the funds collected and

BJP hopes to retain Gujarat, win Himachal

 As millions of votes began to be counted on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party hoped to retain Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time while it looked forward to wresting Himachal Pradesh from

Himachal Verdict 2017: Game of alternation

 The neck-to-neck run of the Congress and the BJP so far, as figures of leads come in from Himachal Pradesh, may sharpen the appetite of punters betting on an upsetting of the alternation game

Gujarat Verdict 2017: Two musketeers

Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mevani, and Hardik Patel were thought to be cause for worry for the BJP. But Patel, for all his bravado, chose not to contest the elections and prove that he has the support

Majoritarianism rules!

Just the facts first. In the Gujarat assembly elections, the BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate. No one expected it to; and its leaders make no bones about ignoring the nine percent Muslim

Mevani the vulnerable

 Jignesh Mevani is the sole leader from the Gujarat youthquake (more accurately, a castequake led by youth leaders) who has won an election on his own steam. He stood as an independent candida

BJP will win all 26 LS seats from Gujarat in 2019: Vijay Rupani

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has claimed that the BJP will win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019 polls, thus repeating the 2014 general elections victory. Rupani was interacting wi

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