The Narendra Modi effect

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, say all pundits, will get “easily” re-elected. Maybe he will. But even if he does not – as easily or even not at all – he has earned a special place in the history books through the dint of his work, his personality and his breathtaking, almost-anointed, arrival on the world stage. Continue Reading

Post-poll pangs

I am writing this to inform you all, loyal readers, that I won’t be writing this week. There are many reasons for me to skip my regular column, some personal but mostly political. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Sivakarthikeyan narrowly misses voting

While many actors and actresses cast their vote in the 2019 general elections this morning, there were some who missed the photo op. That is because their names were missing in the voters list. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Brisk polling in Tamilnadu braving heat

About 65 per cent of the total 5.84 crore electorate had exercised their franchise till this evening as the single phase polling for 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and by-election to 18 Assembly seats began in Tamilnadu at 7 am today. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Rajinikanth skips shooting, in Chennai for voting

Rajinikanth was away from the city, shooting for his latest flick Darbar that is being shot in Mumbai. He returned to the city last night to be in time to vote for the 2019 phase-2 elections being conducted in Tamilnadu. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Technical glitches dampen polling mood

Phase-2 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections began 7 am across the city. Voters arrived at the polling booths ahead of the time at Chennai South constituency to cast their votes. Apart from technical glitches which delayed the voting process at a few places, the process turned out to be incident-free. Continue Reading

Democratic duty

Braving the summer heat, people of Tamilnadu today cast their votes in 38 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies. The Election Commission made enough arrangements to ensure that the polling is free, fair and peaceful. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Actors, actresses queue up to cast vote

Actor Vijay, fondly known as ‘Thalapathy’, was seen standing in queue to cast his vote. Same was the case with actor Suriya and his wife Jyothika. His father and actor Sivakumar was also spotted at the booth. Continue Reading

Cellphone won’t be allowed inside voting booths: CEO Sahoo

Webcams are being installed in 30,000 booths in Tamilnadu for the 2019 general elections to 39 MP seats and 18 Assembly seats that are going to by-elections, tomorrow. A control room has been set up in the Secretariat at Chennai to monitor the feed from these cameras.  Continue Reading

2019 polls: You can use these identity cards in place of voter ID

One can still cast their vote in case of a misplaced / lost voter ID (if their name is in the voters list) as long as s/he has any of these IDs: Continue Reading