Kerala Polls

  • Six Forbes India calls in 2011 that were right 31-12-2011 10:49 AM

    Too Big To Lead The media speculation around L&T supremo AM Naik's succession reached a feverish pitch last year. Yet no one had much of a clue on how L&T could possibly find a replacement to lead the engineering and infrastructure behemoth. It's another matter that by then, the L&T...
  • Leadership change in CPI next year: Bardhan 25-05-2011 05:06 PM

    New Delhi: After the severe drubbing at the hustings in West Bengal, the CPI on Wednesday said it would witness leadership change at the party Congress next year. However, General Secretary AB Bardhan said the proposed change in leadership had "nothing to do" with the recent debacle suffered by the...
  • UDF ministry expanded, 13 ministers inducted 23-05-2011 04:58 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The UDF ministry in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy was on Monday expanded with the induction of 13 more ministers - nine from Congress, three from IUML and one from Kerala Congress (M). With Monday's exercise, the ministry strength rose to 20. Chandy and six other ministers, each representing...
  • Oommen Chandy sworn in as Kerala CM 18-05-2011 03:25 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Oommen Chandy, 67, was sworn in as Kerala's 21st chief minister by Governor RS Gavai at Raj Bhavan on Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. This will be Chandy's second stint as the chief minister, after 2004 when he replaced AK Antony following a Congress rout in the Lok Sabha...
  • Oommen Chandy: from campus politics to CM 18-05-2011 02:30 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Known for his organisational skills and administrative acumen, Oommen Chandy is perceived to be the best bet for Congress to lead the UDF ministry as it commands a wafer-thin majority with 72 seats in the 140-member Kerala Assembly. The 67-year-old Chandy, a key political player of Kerala for long,...
  • Kerala: 2 cabinet berths for KC(M), IUML gets 4 18-05-2011 09:53 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The tough bargaining for ministerial posts among the UDF constituents has ended with the Kerala Congress(M) accepting two berths, with a promise of getting an additional berth in the near future, and the IUML four. KC(M) Chairman KM Mani will be the new Finance Minister while PJ Joseph gets...
  • Why blame me alone for the poll debacle: Karat 17-05-2011 12:51 PM

    New Delhi: A defiant Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M) has made it clear he alone cannot take the blame for the Left rout in the Assembly elections. Speaking out for the first time after the debacle in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Karat said he won't be stepping down. CNN-IBN:...
  • Don't write off the Left: Prakash Karat 16-05-2011 05:20 PM

    New Delhi: In complete contrast to the triumphant Trinamool camp, the CPM Politburo on Monday met to introspect on its worst ever electoral showing in over three decades. The party which now enjoys power in just one state - Tripura - has ruled out any leadership change for now. Outgoing...
  • Chandy to be sworn in as Kerala CM on May 18 16-05-2011 07:34 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy will be sworn in as Kerala Chief Minister on May 18, bringing an end to the tight race for the key post in the faction-ridden party in the state. What was expected to be tight race for the post of Chief Minister in the...
  • Rahul's Youth Cong fails to impress in the South 15-05-2011 05:36 PM

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi's Youth Congress has not fared well in the Assmebly elections, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This has raised the question on whether his brand and strategy is working at all. In Tamil Nadu, all of the nine Youth Congress nominees lost and in Kerala, out...
  • Oommen Chandy to be the new Kerala CM 15-05-2011 04:54 PM

    New Delhi: Oommen Chandy has been elected as the Congress Legislative Party leader in Kerala, after the Congress-led UDF on Friday unseated the CPI(M)-led LDF, winning 72 seats. Chandy will be the new Chief Minister of Kerala as Kerala Congress president Ramesh Chennithala opted out of the race on Sunday...
  • Kerala Cong meets today, Chandy likely new CM 15-05-2011 08:54 AM

    New Delhi: In Kerala, the Congress Parliamentary Party will be meeting on Sunday to decide on the next Chief Minister. Oommen Chandy is likely to be the unanimous choice. Chandy had a two-year stint as Chief Minister in 2004-06 after the resignation of A K Antony owning moral responsibility for...
  • Kerala: ally trouble for Congress already 14-05-2011 09:33 PM

    New Delhi: In Kerala, the Congress may just about have managed to cross the magical halfway mark but it means they will be at the mercy of allies. The Muslim League, the second largest party in the UDF is already sending a tough message - its expectations must be met....
  • Congress to elect leader in Kerala tomorrow 14-05-2011 05:49 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: With the UDF securing a mandate to rule Kerala, the newly elected Congress MLAs will meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday to decide the next chief minister. Central party functionaries Mohsina Kidwai and Madhusudan Mistry would attend the meet as observers to elect the leader through a consensus, party sources...
  • Poll results a warning for the Left: Bardhan 14-05-2011 05:36 PM

    New Delhi: CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan has admitted that the Assembly election results are a warning sign for the leadership to change or perish. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, Bardhan said that there was nothing wrong with the Left's ideology, but the tactics adopted for dealing with different situations...
  • UDF, KPCC to discuss poor showing: Chennithala 14-05-2011 03:32 PM

    Kochi: A day after Congress led UDF scrapped through to power in Kerala, the party on Saturday admitted that the margin was below expectations and would meet soon to discuss the reasons for it. "The Congress and UDF front will meet soon to discuss various reasons for winning fewer seats...
  • Verdict to strengthen VS's position in CPM 14-05-2011 02:20 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Despite Congress-led UDF in Kerala managing to wrest power from LDF with a slim majority, outgoing Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, who helped the combine regain much of the lost ground it lost in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and civic polls last year, is seen as "the man of the...
  • Kerala CM Achutanandan submits resignation 14-05-2011 01:03 PM

    New Delhi: Outgoing Kerala chief minister VS Achutanandan on Saturday met Governor RS Gavai and submitted his resignation after the Left failed to beat anti-incumbency in a closely fought election. The LDF lost out to the UDF by a slender four-seat margin. Achutanandan has agreed to sit in Opposition this...
  • Kerala: UDF's narrow win puts stability at stake 14-05-2011 10:07 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The UDF has the arithmetic to form the next government in Kerala, but a two seat lead is not comfortable enough to expect great chemistry for a long time between partners. So will the new government be stable? "It's easier to predict election results but not so much what...
  • Battle for the States with Rajdeep Sardesai 13-05-2011 11:57 PM

    Rajdeep Sardesai discusses the Assembly poll results with experts and talks to Mamata Banerjee on 'Battle for the States'. ...
  • Battle for the states: Assembly poll results 13-05-2011 11:08 PM

    Karan Thapar analyses the Assembly poll results with a panel of experts. ...
  • Cong taunts BJP, Left after poll results 13-05-2011 07:27 PM

    New Delhi: Expressing happiness over the Assembly election results for five states, Congress on Friday chose the occasion to taunt BJP and Left parties asking them to learn the "right lessons" and stop attempts to destabilize the UPA government. "In this election more than 828 assembly seats went to polls....
  • Myriad emotions after Assembly elections 13-05-2011 07:19 PM

    New Delhi: Emotions played out in ways that ranged from hardly noticeable to intense after Left was decimated by Mamata juggernaut in West Bengal and narrowly lost power to Congress which scored a hat-rick in Assam and whose ally DMK was trounced by Jayalalitha's AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. The defeat...
  • UDF wins Kerala by a wafer-thin margin 13-05-2011 06:35 PM

    Thiruvanathapuram: In a photo-finish, the Congress-led UDF on Friday unseated the CPI(M)-led LDF, winning 72 seats in the 140-member assembly, the thinnest majority margin in the last four decades. Giving the UDF a run for its money in the closely fought contest, rival LDF secured 68 seats, managing to hold...
  • Bengal rout completes CPM's downhill journey 13-05-2011 06:30 PM

    New Delhi: First the 2009 General Elections and now the Assembly elections - CPI(M) seems to be rolling downhill in the political spectrum. This is reflected from the drubbing the party received in West Bengal, its bastion of over three decades, as also Kerala, another stronghold. The Assembly polls have...
  • Achuthanandan to resign as Kerala CM tomorrow 13-05-2011 06:13 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan will submit his resignation to Governor R S Gavai on Saturday, accepting the verdict of the assembly polls which gave a slender majority of 72 seats to UDF in the 140-member house. Sources in the Chief Minister's office said Achuthanandan would be back...
  • People were tired of Left rule in WB: Naidu 13-05-2011 03:58 PM

    Vijayawada: Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said people in West Bengal favoured TMC as they were tired of the "Left's dictatorship", while in Tamil Nadu AIADMK benefited as the ruling DMK was hit by the 2G scam. "People were tired of the dictatorship by the Left. Many...
  • Cong cautious on Kerala poll results 13-05-2011 01:05 PM

    New Delhi: Apparently surprised over the neck and neck fight in Kerala, the Congress on Friday reacted cautiously to the initial trends emerging out of the Left-ruled state, where it was expecting a spectacular comeback. "Majority is a majority. It is a matter of happiness that UDF is going to...
  • Analysis: Loss for Cong as third parties emerge 13-05-2011 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: Congress is the biggest loser in this election. Number 13 has proved bad for the party! Two women will be controlling the national politics from two British built cities on the East Coast. Mamatha Banerjee from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and J Jayalalithaa from Chennai (formerly Madras). Both have...
  • Kerala polls: Achuthanandan, Chandy win 13-05-2011 10:34 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Both the incumbent Chief Minister and the probable chief ministerial candidate on Friday won their respective seats in Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan has retained Malampuzha seat by defeating Lathika Subash of Congress by over 23,000 votes. Congress leader and UDF's Chief Minister probable Oommen Chandy has won...