PUDUCHERRY POLLS

  • Cong blames DMK for drubbing in Tamil Nadu June 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Blaming DMK for the drubbing in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Assembly elections, Congress has said there is a need to take a "relook" at its strategy in the southern state as the party must not lose its vote bank due to "mistakes of its coalition partners". The remarks made...
  • Rangasamy sworn in as Puducherry CM May 16, 2011

    Puducherry: N Rangasamy, who ended the reign of his former party Congress in a stunning electoral debut for his outfit, was on Monday sworn in as Chief Minister of Puducherry for a third term. 61year old Rangasamy, chief of All India NR Congress, was administered oath of office by Lt Governor...
  • Puducherry Assembly to be a mix of young and old May 14, 2011

    Puducherry: The 30 members elected to the Puducherry assembly are a mix of firsttime legislators and veteran old timers making a comeback as the 12year long Congress rule came to an end in the Union Territory. The Assembly will have nine firsttime MLAs along with a host of veterans that will...
  • Battle for the States with Rajdeep Sardesai May 13, 2011

    Rajdeep Sardesai discusses the Assembly poll results with experts and talks to Mamata Banerjee on 'Battle for the States'. ...
  • Puducherry: Rangasamy's clean image humbles Cong May 13, 2011

    Puducherry: N Rangasamy, nicknamed 'Junior Kamaraj' for his simple living and unassuming style, took a sweet revenge on his former party Congress which unceremoniously removed him as Chief Minister of this tiny Union Territory. Sidelined by the Congress, Rangasamy felt humiliated and launched his own outfit All India N R Congress...
  • Analysis: Loss for Cong as third parties emerge May 13, 2011

    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 got...
  • Rahul Gandhi's 2014 majority dream in tatters May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Even though only the initial leads have started to emerge from the key states of West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu it has become amply clear that Rahul Gandhi's dream of a Congress majority in the 2014 general elections is already in tatters, according to eminent historian and...
  • Congress alliance loses in Puducherry May 13, 2011

    Puducherry: Unseating the Congress alliance, AllIndia NR CongressAIADMK combine was on Friday gained a twothird majority winning 20 constituencies in the elections to the 30member Assembly in the Union Territory of Puducherry. Steering his party to on impressive electoral debut, former chief minister N Rangasamy, who broke away from Congress to...
  • Polls: Friday the 13th, but lucky for some May 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Friday the 13th will be lucky for some. By midday, one of the two alliances fighting for power in each of four states and one Union Territory will know whether theyre the lucky one. After months of campaigning in the heat and dust, the contenders will know whether...
  • Battle for the States: Regional leaders' role reemphasised? May 11, 2011

    On Battle For States, Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if Assembly polls have reemphasised regional leaders' role. ...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai April 13, 2011

    Watch the day's top stories on India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai. ...
  • 83.62 per cent polling reported in Puducherry April 13, 2011

    Puducherry: In the Union Territory of Puducherry 83.62 per cent of the 8.10 lakh voters exercised their franchise on Wednesday to constitute its 30member Assembly. Revenue Minister Malladi Krishna Rao is seeking election for the fourth successive term from Yanam, which also involves a multicornered contest. The turnout of women was considerably...
  • TN, Kerala, Puducherry all set to go for polls April 12, 2011

    Chennai/Thiruvanathapuram: Tamil Nadu and Kerala will go to polls on Wednesday to elect their new assemblies in one of the closest battles that witnessed a bitter race between rival fronts. About 6.91 crore voters will have the right to vote in these elections which may be the swan song of the...
  • Puducherry booths to be connected via web April 12, 2011

    Puducherry: Election authorities on Monday said arrangements for connecting all polling booths in Puducherry through 'web casting technology' have been made to ensure the entire polling process on April 13, except vote casting would be monitored by Returning officers and Chief Electoral Officer. Chief Electoral Officer Belatee Pertin said in a...
  • Rahul to campaign in Puducherry today April 7, 2011

    Puducherry: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Puducherry on Thursday, a Puducherry state youth congress committee functionary said on Wednesday. Puducherry State Youth Congress committee President Shankar said Rahul Gandhi will drive through a number of villages in Madukarai and Nettapakkam and a few other blocks. He would...
  • Only 6 women in fray in Puducherry polls April 5, 2011

    Puducherry: A few women are in fray in Puducherry, which goes to polls on April 13. Except DMK, BSP and BJP, no other political party including the ruling Congress, has fielded any women candidates. Of the total 187 contestants spread over the 30 segments, there are only six women aspirants...
  • Sonia to address Puducherry rally on Tuesday April 4, 2011

    Puducherry: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally on April 5 in Puducherry to garner support for the CongressDMK alliance in the Union Territory. Speaking to reporters in Puducherry, Union Minister of State for Planning and Prime Minister's office V Narayanasamy said AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and...
  • 6 govt staff suspended for violating poll code April 2, 2011

    Puducherry: The Puducherry government has suspended six of its employees for allegedly participating in pollrelated activities of political parties in this Union Territory. Jesudoss (an employee of Agriculture Department), Ilango (Khadi and Village Industries Board), Mangayarselvam (Education Department), Velmurugan (Puducherry State Marketing Committee), Singaram (Stateowned Corporation for Development of Minorities and...
  • Puducherry polls: Cong promises free mobiles April 1, 2011

    Puducherry: Taking a cue from political parties in neighbouring Tamil Nadu in offering freebies, the manifesto of the ruling Congress in Puducherry for assembly polls has promised free mobile phones for BPL families. The manifesto said poorer sections would find mobile phones helpful during emergency and a family whose annual income...
  • Vote out Congress in Puducherry: Jayalalithaa March 30, 2011

    Puducherry: AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress government in Puducherry, accusing of failure to maintain law and order and neglecting development of the union territory. "There is no protection to life and property of the people here as law and order is in a...
  • Over 180 nominations filed in Puducherry March 26, 2011

    Puducherry: A total of 183 nominations were filed on Friday in the Union Territory for the April 13 Assembly polls. Home and Health Minister E Valsaraj filed his nomination for the lone seat in Mahe, an enclave of the Union Territory in Kerala. In Puducherry which has 23 segments, 143 nominations were...
  • Cong clears 17 candidates for Puducherry polls March 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Chief Minister V Vaihilingam is among the 17 candidates whose names were announced by Congress for the assembly election in Puducherry. Vaithilingam, who was representing Nettapakkam constituency in his native village in the assembly since 1985, has been fielded from Kamaraj Nagar constituency this time. He was shifted to...
  • Ninety nominations filed in Puducherry March 25, 2011

    Puducherry: Puducherry Chief Minister V Vaithilingam and four of his ministerial colleagues filed their nominations for the April 13 assembly polls on Thursday. A total of 90 nominations were filed bringing the total to 108 since March 19 when the poll process was set in motion, election office sources said. Besides Vaithilingam...
  • MDMK legislator quits membership of House March 22, 2011

    Puducherry: The lone MDMK member in the Puducherry Assembly PR Siva has resigned from the party and membership of the House and joined the All India NR Congress led by former Chief Minister N Rangasamy. Official sources said Siva submitted his resignation to the Secretary to the assembly earlier in the...
  • MK Rao retracts decision; will contest poll March 22, 2011

    Puducherry: Revenue and Tourism Minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Monday retracted his decision to contest the April 13 assembly polls and said he would seek reelection from his home constituency of Yanam (an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh). He said he had taken the decision as he could not overlook...
  • 5 nominations filed for Puducherry polls March 21, 2011

    Puducherry: Five nominations were filed on Monday for the April 13 Puducherry assembly polls. M Sundaramoorthy and S Ravichandran (both BJP) filed nominations from Thirubuvanai (reserved) and Kamaraj Nagar constituencies respectively. While M Pichaippan alias Pitchekarane filed the papers as nominee of Lok Jansakthi Party for Oussudu (reserved), N Balu filed...
  • Lone MDMK legislator quits Puducherry assembly March 21, 2011

    Puducherry: The lone MDMK member in the Puducherry Assembly P R Siva has resigned from the party and membership of the House and joined the All India NR Congress led by former Chief Minister N Rangasamy. Official sources said Siva submitted his resignation to the Secretary to the assembly earlier...
  • Puducherry Minister announces retirement March 17, 2011

    Puducherry: A Congress Minister in Puducherry on Thursday said he would not contest the April 13 assembly polls and has also decided to retire from active politics. Talking to PTI here, Malladi Krishna Rao who represents the lone segment of Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, said he...
  • Cong and DMK: Stalemate in seat sharing talks March 14, 2011

    Puducherry: Talks between ruling Congress and ally DMK on seatsharing for the April 13 Assembly polls did not make any headway and the parties will meet again on Tuesday for further discussions, Congress sources said. The discussions held here on Sunday did not bear fruit and both parties would meet again...
  • Assembly polls may cut short Budget session March 3, 2011

    New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament could conclude on March 25, a month ahead of schedule, due to assembly elections in five states. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled tomorrow when a decision on the issue is expected,...