Focus of TN politics shifts to by-poll in 4 Assembly constituencies

The parties are now gearing up to start their canvassing again, with by-polls in four Assembly segments –  Thirupparankundram, Sulur, Aravakurichi and Ottapidaram – slated to be held 19 May. 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 elections: Is Tamilnadu no more star-struck, politically?

Are film stars shooting into oblivion in the political universe of Tamilnadu? Yes, as a close watch of the electoral juggernaut rolling through the State now reveals, heroes, heroines, comedians, sidekicks and technicians from the celluloid world seem to have lost the pride of place they had in the State’s political firmament as prime influencers and party ambassadors. Continue Reading

2019 elections: Who will get the women’s votes in Tamilnadu?

With just 12 days left for the elections, time is running out for the serious political parties to come up with a strategy to garner the votes of the women of the State. For that is a vote that will count the most in the final reckoning. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Happy if Rajini campaigns for MNM, says Kamal

Addressing mediapersons at Chennai airport today, Kamal said, “When I met Rajinikanth a few weeks ago, he assured his support for us. We cannot go and request him to support us again and again. If he campaigns for us, we would be happy.” Continue Reading

Kamal rushes to Kovai to console family of child raped, murdered

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan today cancelled his election campaign and rushed to Coimbatore to meet the family of a seven-year-old girl brutally raped and killed. 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

Kamal’s party MNM invites applications to contest Assembly by-elections

Kamal, who on Sunday, had said his party would contest the by-polls, said the application forms for the by-polls will be available from today. As in the case of the 2019 general elections, he invited members and non-members to apply for the seats. Continue Reading

Indian 2 to release after Lok Sabha elections?

The shooting for the much-anticipated magnum opus Indian 2 starring Kamal Haasan and directed by Shankar will resume after Lok Sabha elections, say sources. Reportedly Kamal has asked the film’s director Shankar to resume the shoot in May as he was busy now with election duties and campaigning for his own party Makkal Needhi Maiam. Continue Reading