With Vaiko nomination accepted, DMK candidate withdraws papers

With the returning officer accepting MDMK general secretary Vaiko’s nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections, DMK nominee N R Elango has withdrawn his papers. Continue Reading

Alliance arithmetic of AIADMK, DMK ahead of crucial Vellore election

It’s not for coalition dharma alone that the AIADMK and DMK stuck to their promise of giving one Rajya Sabha seat to the PMK and MDMK, respectively, say political observers. 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

Indian Poll League (IPL) is full of fun & frolic 

Lok Sabha polls are around the corner. Campaigning has hit fever pitch. Simultaneously, there is Indian Premier League (IPL) happening on a different pitch, where the most popular cricketers are in action. Would it not be appropriate to call this election as Indian Poll League (IPL)? Why not, as there are quite a lot of similarities between the two.  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

2019 LS elections: BJP, Cong demand more seats from AIADMK, DMK

The Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress may be the big bosses of Indian politics. But, when it comes to Tamilnadu, they are always left at the mercy of regional Dravidian giants – the AIADMK and DMK. Continue Reading

Tamilnadu parties hold secret parleys for alliance in Lok Sabha elections

Even second-rung leaders are not being kept in the loop, in a bid to maintain confidentiality, say sources in at least two parties. Continue Reading

Annadurai to Thambidurai: Rise & fall of rebels in Tamilnadu politics

Leaders, cadres & rebels. Tamilnadu’s politics is made up of these three sets. If Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai is now speaking against AIADMK forging an alliance with the BJP, a stand which is not that of his party (as clarified by Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who has emerged as the de facto spokesperson of the government and the AIADMK), it is in his political genes. Continue Reading