2019 Lok Sabha polls: Final list ready, EC done with symbols too

1,587 nominations have been received for the Lok Sabha polls out of which 1,414 are men, 171 are women, two are transpersons. Continue Reading

Polls: Busy season for shamiana & mike suppliers for party meetings

Thiyagu, who rents out shamiana, flags, tables and chairs for political meetings, said mostly parties pay the amount that they actually finalise. However, he added that there are exceptions. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Dhinakaran’s AMMK gets gift pack as common symbol

Today, the EC allotted gift box symbol for Dhinakaran’s party. Commenting on the symbol, AMMK leader and Theni candidate Thanga Thamizhselvan said they would now go ahead and campaign vigorously with the gift box symbol and become victorious. Continue Reading

EC likely to clear revised MGNREGA wage rates

With regards to the past instructions, the Election Commission is likely to authorize a Rural Development Ministry request to revise the wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) from April 1. It is learnt that it is a move that could benefit crores of beneficiaries across the country, according to sources Continue Reading

Forgettable finale

Now that it’s all done and dusted at the hustings, the time is ripe for a threadbare analysis of the recent TN polls. There is something very important I wanted to comment on right at the outset, but well, I have forgotten what. I am sure I will remember during the course of my very discerning albeit disjointed observations that follow. Continue Reading

The missing ink

The lukewarm to poor voter turnout in the key metros of India is perhaps the unkindest cut on democracy. You can have our voice but not necessarily our vote, seems to be the urbanites’ answer to the national call of duty. The most noisy crowd on national issues feels nary a compulsion to follow up indignation and ideas with action. Whatever it is worth, the vote is still the only instrument of political change and not casting it tantamounts to forfeiting the Constitutional fundamental right to expression! Continue Reading

Bungle-O-Pongal

The Elephant, pardon, Election Commission seems serious about its stupidity. Its diktat to cover all the elephant and Mayawati statues is not to deceive constipated crows but to prevent UP voters from being deceived by political eagles, it appears. This no doubt is an operation that makes even Maya’s maniacal mega schemes seem mere maya in comparison. Continue Reading