2019 Lok Sabha polls, by-election crucial for EPS, OPS and Stalin

For the first time, the State is witnessing a sort of mini-Assembly election, as 18 constituencies are facing by-poll along with the parliamentary elections mainly due to the disqualification of AIADMK MLAs who sided with T T V Dhinakaran. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Docs, engineers, MBAs, entrepreneurs are candidates in TN

While a popular adage says ‘politics is the last resort of scoundrels’, the candidates lists of the AIADMK, DMK, AMMK, PMK, DMDK, BJP and MNM for the Lok Sabha elections suggest it has also become the first resort of professionals. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Sons, daughters of top leaders figure in candidates lists of DMK, AIADMK

The DMK leads the pack in encouraging family interests, as at least six of its 20 contestants for the parliamentary elections are kin of its stalwarts. And, all three constituencies in Chennai have been given to these powerful progeny. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: For AIADMK and DMK, enemy’s friend is first enemy

The adage ‘Enemy’s enemy is a friend’ appears to be passé, at least in the Tamilnadu political arena. With Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, the two major players – AIADMK and DMK – have decided to follow a new strategy –  ‘Enemy’s friend is your first enemy’. Continue Reading

Pollachi case: How and why sex scandal snowballed into political row

Beyond doubt, the Pollachi case is the most shocking and shameful sex scandal of recent times. But, it snowballing into a political row all of a sudden, that too weeks after the accused were arrested, has a loaded agenda behind it, especially with the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, it is felt. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: AIADMK, DMK to woo voters with promises

In the absence of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, their parties — the DMK and AIADMK — are gearing up to face their first major test in the form of Lok Sabha elections and are paying extra attention to manifestos. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: TN leaders have to rush through entire process

With the Election Commission announcing Sunday that Tamilnadu will have single-phase polling (for 39 Lok Sabha seats and 18 Assembly constituencies), leaders are left with very little time considering the huge tasks before them. Continue Reading

Sheroes of TN politics: Women who hog limelight ahead of LS polls

They may address ‘thaaimaargale…’ first in public meetings. But, when it comes to hardcore politics, men continue to dominate in Tamilnadu, though there were a few exceptions like Jayalalithaa. With her demise shattering the hopes of wannabe women politicos in the State, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections have brought to the fore a bunch of female politicians. These women are there in the political field for a while, but their presence is now felt in a never before way, in the run-up to the Parliamentary polls. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Stalin’s 20-20 team & Indian Political League

By keeping 20 seats for itself, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has shared an equal number of constituencies among its allies – Congress (10), VCK (2), CPI (2), CPI-M (2), MDMK (1), IUML (1), KMDK (1) and IJK (1). Continue Reading