TAMIL NADU 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...
  • DMK chief Karunanidhi takes oath as MLA May 30, 2011

    Chennai: DMK president and former chief minister M Karunanidhi on Monday took oath as a member of the 14th Assembly of Tamil Nadu, where he would be representing Thiruvarur constituency. The 88yearold veteran leader took oath before Speaker D Jayakumar. His party colleague and former Law Minister Durai Murugan also took...
  • AIADMK transfers top IPS officials again in TN May 27, 2011

    Chennai: The newly elected AIADMK government on Friday continued its shakeup of the police force, transferring senior officials including IG (Intelligence) Shankar Jiwal. Jiwal has been transferred and posted as IG, Special Task Force, an official release in Chennai said. He will be based at Satyamangalam in Erode district. A Alexander Mohan,...
  • 75 TN MLAs have not filed IT returns, says NGO May 19, 2011

    Chennai: Seventy five of the 234 MLAs of the newly elected Tamil Nadu Assembly have declared in their affidavits that they have not filed their income tax returns, according to a Delhibased NGO. AIADMK tops the list with 42 legislators, while DMDK has 13, CPM nine, CPI seven, DMK two and...
  • Jaya implements poll promise of gold for girls May 17, 2011

    Chennai: On her first day in office, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday implemented her major poll promises of free rice to ration card holders and BPL families, gold for 'mangalsutra' for girls for marriage and effected a toplevel bureaucratic overhaul. She ordered distribution of 20 kg free rice per...
  • Expectations high as Jayalalithaa sworn in as CM May 16, 2011

    Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa took over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time on Monday. Jayalalithaa and her Cabinet colleagues were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala in Chennai. In the midst of the customary grandeur and the colourful and...
  • Youths put up flex boards for TN poll official May 16, 2011

    Tiruparankunram: In a marked departure from the usual practice of putting up posters for politicians and actors, some youngsters have put up a giant flex board near Tiruparankunram praising Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar for holding the assembly polls in a fair manner. The youths of Avaniapuram, who claimed...
  • Jaya to head biggest ever ministry in Tamil Nadu May 16, 2011

    Chennai: The 34member AIADMK ministry to be sworn in on Monday with J Jayalalithaa as its Chief Minister will be the largest Cabinet in the history of Tamil Nadu since independence. The AIADMK supremo has surprised all, including her party functionaries by introducing 24 new faces while leaving out some...
  • Jaya to be sworn in CM of Tamil Nadu today May 16, 2011

    Chennai: Jayalalithaa, who ensured a landslide victory for AIADMK in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Monday for a third term along with 33 others in her Cabinet in which she will retain police and home portfolios. The swearingin ceremony of the 63yearold leader...
  • Jayalalithaa cabinet to have 33 ministers May 15, 2011

    Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, who will be sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Monday, will have 33 ministers in her cabinet and she will hold key portfolios of Police and Home, among others. As many as 25 of the 34member cabinet, which will be sworn in on Monday, are...
  • Rahul's Youth Cong fails to impress in the South May 15, 2011

    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 of...
  • Jaya elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader May 15, 2011

    Chennai: Former chief minister Jayalalithaa was on Sunday elected leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Legislature Party. She was elected by 146 newly elected MLAs of the party at a meeting held at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai on Sunday morning, party sources said. Jayalalithaa, who led her...
  • Sonia reaches out to Jaya, meeting next month May 15, 2011

    New Delhi: UPA chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday reached out to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and congratulated her on the Tamil Nadu election victory. Sonia Gandhi has also extended an invited to the soontobe new chief minister for tea in New Delhi. But sources said that it was only a customary...
  • Jaya meets TN Guv, to be sworn in on Monday May 15, 2011

    New Delhi: AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa met the Tamil Nadu Governor SS Barnala on Sunday to stake the claim to form a new government. She will be sworn in at 12.15 pm on Monday. It will be a 30member cabinet with many party veterans. On Friday, Jayalalithaa had a thumping...
  • Jaya to stake claim to form govt tomorrow May 14, 2011

    Chennai: Armed with the landslide mandate in the Assembly polls, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa will on Sunday call on Governor SS Barnala and formally stake her claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu. "I am meeting the Governor tomorrow (to stake claim for forming the government)," she told reporters here...
  • TNCC president Thangkabalu resigns May 14, 2011

    Chennai: A day after the Congress in Tamil Nadu was decimated in the Assembly polls, TNCC President K V Thangkabalu announced his resignation from the post, accepting moral responsibility for the defeat. Addressing reporters in Chennai, Thangkabalu said he will send his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi soon and...
  • 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'. ...
  • Stalin wins close contest in Kolathur May 13, 2011

    Chennai: After a seesaw battle, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin emerged winner in Kolathur constituency by a margin of 2,423 votes. Stalin, son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, garnered 65,462 votes defeating his nearest AIADMK rival S Duraisamy who got 63,039 votes. The DMK Treasurer had switched...
  • Battle for the states: Assembly poll results May 13, 2011

    Karan Thapar analyses the Assembly poll results with a panel of experts. ...
  • Cong taunts BJP, Left after poll results May 13, 2011

    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. A...
  • Jaya storms back to power in landslide victory May 13, 2011

    Chennai: Scripting a spectacular comeback, AIADMK led by Jayalalithaa on Friday knocked out ruling DMK from power with a landslide victory ensuring an absolute majority on its own in Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. With an exceptional strike rate, AIADMK romped home in 150 of the 160 seats...
  • Myriad emotions after Assembly elections May 13, 2011

    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 hatrick in Assam and whose ally DMK was trounced by Jayalalitha's AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • People have given me proper rest: Karunanidhi May 13, 2011

    Chennai: Handed down one of the worst poll debacles, DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday said the people of Tamil Nadu had given him 'proper rest,' indicating the burden of office was removed from his ageing shoulders. 'People have given me proper rest,' the 87yearold leader...
  • The return of Amma, Chennai's super queen! May 13, 2011

    She's the 'Amma' of Tamil Nadu and she has resurrected herself once again. Jayalalithaa has defeated the grand old man of Tamil Nadu politics and her bitter rival M Karunanidhi. ...
  • Raja upset over DMK defeat in TN May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Friday appeared upset over the results of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in which his party DMK got severe drubbing at the hands of archrival AIADMK. "I am in judicial custody so I cannot answer questions. How can you...
  • Restoring rule of law is my first priority: Jaya May 13, 2011

    Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa said on Friday that her first priority would be to restore the rule of law and governance in Tamil Nadu where her party won a handsome victory routing the DMKCongress alliance in the Assembly elections. Addressing a press conference in Chennai after the AIADMKled alliance secured...
  • People were tired of Left rule in WB: Naidu May 13, 2011

    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...
  • Tamil Nadu: Karunanidhi cabinet resigns May 13, 2011

    Chennai: Facing a rout in the Assembly polls with his bitter political foe AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa storming back to power, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday submitted the resignation of his ministry. Conceding defeat without waiting for the final tally, Karunanidhi submitted the resignation of Council of Ministers as...
  • Karunanidhi: the man who couldn't turn the tide May 13, 2011

    Chennai: Muthuvel Karunanidhi, veteran of many a battle, could not turn the tide in favour of the DMK this time, hit as it was by the 2G spectrum scam on top of allegations that it was 'family rule' that marked his term as Chief Minister. Though age was not on his...
  • No power sharing with allies: AIADMK May 13, 2011

    Chennai: AIADMK has no intention of sharing power with allies and would go after the DMK's first family on the issue of corruption, a senior party leader said on Friday. Describing party chief Jayalalithaa as a "very powerful and strong political leader", AIADMK leader M Thambidurai said she will get a...
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