Tamil Nadu Polls

  • Cong blames DMK for drubbing in Tamil Nadu 10-06-2011 03:07 PM

    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...
  • DMK chief Karunanidhi takes oath as MLA 30-05-2011 02:06 PM

    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 88-year-old veteran leader took oath before Speaker D Jayakumar. His party colleague and former Law Minister Durai Murugan also...
  • AIADMK transfers top IPS officials again in TN 27-05-2011 11:51 PM

    Chennai: The newly elected AIADMK government on Friday continued its shake-up 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...
  • 75 TN MLAs have not filed I-T returns, says NGO 19-05-2011 09:46 PM

    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 Delhi-based NGO. AIADMK tops the list with 42 legislators, while DMDK has 13, CPM nine, CPI seven, DMK two...
  • Jaya implements poll promise of gold for girls 17-05-2011 12:01 PM

    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 top-level bureaucratic overhaul. She ordered distribution of 20 kg free rice...
  • Expectations high as Jayalalithaa sworn in as CM 16-05-2011 12:47 PM

    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...
  • Youths put up flex boards for TN poll official 16-05-2011 11:56 AM

    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...
  • Jaya to head biggest ever ministry in Tamil Nadu 16-05-2011 11:04 AM

    Chennai: The 34-member 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 16-05-2011 07:04 AM

    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 swearing-in ceremony of the 63-year-old...
  • Jayalalithaa cabinet to have 33 ministers 15-05-2011 08:58 PM

    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 34-member cabinet, which will be sworn in on Monday,...
  • 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...
  • Jaya elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader 15-05-2011 10:54 AM

    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...
  • Sonia reaches out to Jaya, meeting next month 15-05-2011 10:03 AM

    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 soon-to-be 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 15-05-2011 07:13 AM

    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 30-member cabinet with many party veterans. On Friday, Jayalalithaa had a thumping...
  • Jaya to stake claim to form govt tomorrow 14-05-2011 05:22 PM

    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...
  • Will DMK's rout in Tamil Nadu state polls affect its Union Cabinet berths?

    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...
  • TNCC president Thangkabalu resigns 14-05-2011 12:50 PM

    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...
  • 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'. ...
  • Stalin wins close contest in Kolathur 13-05-2011 11:18 PM

    Chennai: After a see-saw 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 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....
  • Jaya storms back to power in landslide victory 13-05-2011 07:23 PM

    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 it contested and...
  • 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...
  • People have given me proper rest: Karunanidhi 13-05-2011 06:38 PM

    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 87-year-old leader said...
  • The return of Amma, Chennai's super queen! 13-05-2011 06:31 PM

    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 13-05-2011 05:04 PM

    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 arch-rival AIADMK. "I am in judicial custody so I cannot answer questions. How can you question me?" Raja,...
  • Restoring rule of law is my first priority: Jaya 13-05-2011 04:12 PM

    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 DMK-Congress alliance in the Assembly elections. Addressing a press conference in Chennai after the AIADMK-led alliance...
  • 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...
  • Tamil Nadu: Karunanidhi cabinet resigns 13-05-2011 02:49 PM

    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...
  • Karunanidhi: the man who couldn't turn the tide 13-05-2011 01:46 PM

    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...