The left front is getting massive support from the people since the inception of the poll campaign. The survey results are based on mere individual opinions but it has also revealed certain facts also. Those who oppose us, have also agreed to those facts. Do not show lapses after being lured by the conducive survey results. The election campaign is nothing but fight for the people. Some prominent Congress leaders are trying to reach the assembly with the help of the BJP. They are also trading votes. More details about it will come out in the subsequent days. Sabarimala is not an issue before the government. The revised affidavit of the government will be given once the case is taken up by the court. Those who have lost their sleep after witnessing the mounting support for the government are now engaged in unleashing a series of campaigns based on lies and deceits. The allegation of the opposition leader that the government is manufacturing news after giving money, might be base on his imagination and own personal experience.
Chief Minister of Karnataka should be changed at any cost. If BJP has to survive in the state, it is necessary to do this. Change of Chief Minister in the state is 100 per cent sure. It is difficult to fight the next elections with this CM (Yediyurappa). BJP national secretary Arun Singh is aware of these things. But, he is simply saying that the CM will not change. I have spoken against corruption and dynasty politics. One of the MLA said that I only glorify Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. Both these leaders do not have a single case of corruption against them. They have not done dynasty politics. They are role models for me. How can I glorify those who do dynasty politics and are involved in corruption in politics? I am the representative of the people. I am fighting for the future of BJP in Karnataka. Yediyurappa should not become the last BJP CM of south India. There should be BJP CMs in Karnataka for the next 10 to 20 years. I am fighting in that direction. Someone with the ideals of PM Narendra Modi should become the chief minister of Karnataka. After elections, 3 CMs to be changed by BJP high command. The need to change 3 CMs discussion has been going on for a long time. After the elections, there will be a change in Karnataka also. Now, there has been a change in leadership in Uttrakhand. Haryana and Karnataka are next.
Kerala Congress vice president KC Rosakutty resigned from the party on Monday. Former MLA from Sulthan Bathery constituency and chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission, Rosakutty was reportedly unhappy with the present developments in the party. Rosakutty’s resignation comes a few days after Kerala Congress’s women wing president Lathika Subhash resigned and shaved off her head at the KPCC headquarters in protest after being denied a ticket for the upcoming state assembly elections.
Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF)
In yet another blow to the Congress in Kerala, another senior leader KC Rosakutty, who is also the Vice President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has resigned from the party. She cited women being ignored by the party in the polls for her decision. Hours after she announced her resignation, Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). She was the former MLA of Sulthan Bathery Assembly constituency in the ninth Kerala Assembly. Announcing her decision, Rosakutty said that the Congress ignored the women in the party.
Left criticised BJP Palakkad (Kerala) candidate ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan after photos of voters washing his feet went viral
BJP candidate from Palakkad in Kerala, E Sreedharan has landed on the receiving end of sharp criticism from the Left. More popularly known as ‘Metro Man’, Sreedharan joined the BJP last month and was declared the party’s candidate from Palakkad in the April 6 Kerala assembly elections. Trouble began for E Sreedharan (88) on Sunday after images of voters touching and washing his feet went into wide circulation on social media. The pictures were reportedly clicked during ‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan’s election campaign in Palakkad. In one picture, a voter was seen kneeling before Sreedharan while another shows a man wiping his feet with a cloth.
Not at all, these theories are only peddled by those who don’t like the Modi government. The majority of people have accepted Modi. See how the country has progressed today. People opposing Modi are finding small errors. That is not fair. If Modi wasn’t the PM, Jammu & Kashmir would have gone away from India. Don’t take a small thing and make it into a mountain.
E Sreedharan, fondly known as ‘Metro man’ for his role in building the Delhi Metro spoke to media about how BJP has emerged in Kerala, the 88-year-old technocrat said that BJP’s growth trajectory in the state has been commendable. In the last 7 years, the growth of the BJP in Kerala has been tremendous. The results of the upcoming election will show how BJP has grown in the last few years.
That is true. That is how any organization starts. Isn’t it? You have seen in Tripura. There was no MLA at all. How did they capture power? In Delhi, see AAP. They did not have any base there? They captured power in second election itself. It is possible. Now is the best time for BJP really. Because people are fed up with the two fronts. LDF and UDF. I have very great hopes that BJP will be able to form the government this time.
I will not like to enter that particular subject, because it is a controversial subject. I am only looking at doing things in a straightforward and transparent manner. Keeping everyone on our side. You cannot antagonise one section of people. You cannot isolate them from the mainstream. Everybody has to be together to take the country forward.
Ever since his entry into the election fray as the BJP candidate in Palakkad, ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan has managed to garner eyeballs. His constituency visits are well-attended and photo-ops during the campaigning are never missed.Minor controversies, like the viral photos of voters washing his feet, notwithstanding, the BJP has so far managed to cash in on the 88-year-old’s image and fan following. But whether his charisma will help the party win a few seats in the state is a million dollar question, the answer to which will be known only after the votes are counted on May 2.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued its attack on the ruling three-party coalition in Maharashtra, saying it should be renamed ‘Maharashtra Vasooli Aghadi’. The comment was made by BJP leader CT Ravi in the wake of extortion allegations made by former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh. “I think Maharashtra is governed by ‘Maharashtra Vasooli Aghadi’. We demand CBI inquiry and his removal from the cabinet,” Ravi said.
Even if the AIADMK emerged victorious in a single seat, the victor would be a ‘BJP MLA’ and hence people should vote for his party and its allies in the April 6 Assembly elections, DMK president M K Stalin appealed to the electorate on Sunday. In his campaign at Uthiramerur, Stalin said he had been saying that his party-led combine would win 200 out of 234 segments in Tamil Nadu. However, considering the feedback from the people to his continuous campaign across the state, the DMK top leader said, “Only we are going to win in all the 234 constituencies.”
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Sunday said he was not contesting the April 6 Assembly elections as there was a need to coordinate poll-related works and programmes of the party in the Union Territory. He told reporters at the PCC office here that the president of the Pradesh Congress Committee A V Subramanian was contesting the poll from Karaikal (north) and so he (Narayanasamy), along with the Congress Member of Parliament V Vaithilingam, had to coordinate election-related party activities.
Former Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy on Saturday refuted reports claiming that the Congress party has not given hum a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls in the union territory. “Some media reports stated I am not fighting election because high command didn’t give a ticket to me which is untrue. Sonia Gandhi asked me to fight the election,” V Narayanasamy said.
In poll-bound Tamil Nadu, DMK chief Stalin addressed a public rally in Tirunelveli. Addressing the rally, he said: “I am Stalin, son of Karunanidhi, will do what my father did. We will fulfil what we have promised. Our election manifesto is a hero while theirs (AIADMK) is a villain, and a comedy piece”.
PV Narasimha Rao’s Daughter Surabhi Vani Devi won Election from Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad Graduates’ MLC Constituency
TRS candidate Surabhi Vani Devi, daughter of former Prime Minister late PV Narasimha Rao, won the election from Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad Graduates’ MLC constituency by a margin of 36,580 votes over her nearest BJP rival N Ramchander Rao on Saturday. The counting of votes that continued for the fourth consecutive day was completed late Saturday evening. The election officials, however, are yet to declare the result officially.
Super star-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan has promised mono rails in all the cities of Tamil Nadu in his election manifesto for the April 6 Assembly polls, released at Coimbatore on Friday. By initiatives like skill development, women could earn as much as Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month and “that is what we call payment to housewives and not doles to them.” Haasan was the first to promise what he called in December last ‘payment’ to homemakers for their work. Addressing a press conference at Coimbatore, Haasan said that by bringing in mono rail to all the cities of Tamil Nadu, the travel woes of the people can be reduced and that it would be economical also.
In a spirited defence of the Centre’s farm laws during his campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, AIADMK top leader and Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday said his party opposed aspects like cess and levy for farmers but the DMK ‘supported’ them. “Stalin is trying to hoodwink people and somehow capture power,” he added. Blaming DMK over issues including Cauvery, he accused Stalin of keeping in mind the interests of of his family alone and not that of the people.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released a list of 9 candidates for the Puducherry Assembly elections 2021. On Sunday, the party had released a list of 27 and 36 candidates for the third and fourth phases of assembly elections in West Bengal. Puducherry will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
P C Thomas has quit National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and joined the UDF. The P J Joseph faction of Kerala Congress and P C Thomas Kerala Congress faction will align together and will fight in the symbol of cycle ignoring the chair symbol. They will file application to get the cycle symbol for their candidates. P C Thomas will attend the UDF election convention that is convened in Kaduthuruthy on Wednesday and there will not be any meeting for the alliance. P C Thomas was forced to leave the NDA as the BJP did not offer the promised seat as per the understanding reached with the P C Thomas faction.
I join NCP as part of the LDF (Left Democratic Front In Kerala). The country today needs the Left and other democratic parties to come together. I have promised Pawar sahab that LDF will come to power in Kerala. I will be touring in Kerala as a true soldier. Today, the need is the unity of the opposition. A united opposition should emerge as an alternative to the BJP. I don’t see that initiative in the party which I was a member of earlier.
Senior leader PC Chacko, who joined the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said unity was the need of the hour in opposition and he didn’t see that initiative in Congress. Taking a dig at the Congress party, Chacko said, “A united opposition should emerge as an alternative to the BJP. I am happy to be part of a party which is functioning, active and a party moving with a direction.”
People want Congress to come back but there’s groupism practiced by top leaders of Congress – PC Chacko
Kerala is facing a crucial election. People want Congress to come back but there’s groupism practiced by top leaders of Congress. I’ve been arguing with high command that this should be ended. But the high command is also agreeing to the proposal given by both groups.
Congress party on Tuesday released a list of 14 candidates for the upcoming Puducherry polls 2021. Earlier on the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released a list of 9 candidates for the assembly elections in the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry. Puducherry will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won’t be able to win even from his own constituency of Edappad – MK Stalin
Earlier, I had said we will win 200 seats. But today I am confident that we (DMK-led alliance) will win all 234 seats. The AIADMK government will be defeated and they will have to go home. The AIADMK’s rule is going to end in one month. This government is going to go home. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won’t be able to win even from his own constituency of Edappadi.
TDP MLC Nara Lokesh held the Jaganmohan Reddy Government totally responsible for the agricultural debt crisis
TDP MLC Nara Lokesh has held the Jaganmohan Reddy Government totally responsible for the agricultural debt crisis that led to the latest suicide by a farmer couple in Allagadda in the Kurnool district. Farmer Sanjeeva Reddy and his wife ended their lives at P. Chintakunta village after they could not repay Rs. 11 lakh debts which they had faced following losses in agriculture. As a result of their extreme step, their three children have now become orphans to whom the YCP Government owed an explanation.
Lokesh slammed CM Jagan for immersing himself in his party foundation day celebrations while the farmers were facing a life and death situation on account of worsening debts and failure of crops. Jagan Reddy’s worst rule was the reason for the farmers committing suicides after losing hope of any assistance or support. This insensitive Chief Minister should rise from his deep slumber in order to prevent the farmers’ suicides. Instead of making empty claims, the YCP Government should make sincere efforts to give confidence and hope to the cultivators. The CM should immediately come to the rescue of the Sanjeeva Reddy family.
The BJP will be contesting the forthcoming Parliamentary bypoll from the Tirupati seat in Andhra Pradesh, with support of the Janasena party. “In a joint meeting of Janasena party president Pawan Kalyan and Andhra BJP president Somu Veerraju, it has been unanimously decided that the alliance candidate for Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll would be from BJP,” said Sunil Deodhar, BJP national secretary and party’s AP co-in charge, in a statement on Friday.
TRS Working President KTR, on Friday countered the allegations made by BJP against the TRS government being anti-employee. He asked the BJP leaders to check facts and figures before levelling any charges, particularly on Pay Revision Commission fitment. Pointing out that in 2016, the Central government had given just 14 per cent fitment to its employees, he said that was before the introduction of GST and demonetisation and when the economic situation in the country was much stable. On the contrary, the TRS government gave a 43 per cent fitment to State government employees, he said.
Responding to BJP MLC Ramchander Rao comments over the appointment of Vice-Chancellors, KTR stated that unlike BJP, the TRS government had set aside political interests and appointed scholars and senior IAS officers as in-charge Vice-Chancellors. “The University of Hyderabad VC appointment and the politics involved in it led to a lot of disturbances on the campus,” pointed out Rama Rao. “Three States were formed before Telangana, but they are yet to see development in their regions,” Rama Rao said, adding that the Telangana government was working for the welfare of all sections, including journalists and lawyers.
Dismissing the DMK’s charge that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) was the “B team of BJP”, actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Saturday said that “they deserve a full night’s sleep” and were deliberately making the accusation. Speaking at the India Today Conclave (South) 2021 in Chennai, Haasan, founder and chief of MNM, said, “The best screenplay writer that DMK had is no more. I can tell them more stories than they could tell me. It is nothing but a figment of DMK’s imagination. They deserve a full night’s sleep.”
Reacting to the EC’s verdict on the circumstances leading to Mamata Banerjee’s injury, Minister of State (MoS) for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Sunday, “We have complete trust in the ECI. So, no point having any doubts on their observation.” “Mamata Banerjee was never attacked, people of Bengal already knew. Mamata’s drama to turn an injury into an attack has defamed her and her party. This will actually work in the favour of the BJP,” G Kishan Reddy said.
As the farmers’ agitation is concerned, I said in my opening remarks that this country under the name of Nehruvian socialism chose to keep India deliberately poor. Governments after governments practising the same brand of Nehruvian socialism, experts at redistributing poverty, and never for an ounce created prosperity in the country and this was done by creating hundreds of laws and regulations. For the first time in India’s history, this government has consistently, not just in the farm sector, has tried to unshackle the economy and give the young Indian, farmer and the entrepreneur, his freedom to choose the way he wants to run his business and farm.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithalla on Saturday announced that he would be contesting the upcoming state assembly elections from the Haripad constituency. Referring to Haripad as his “mother”, Chennithalla further said the people of the constituency love him and that he could not leave the constituency. With barely 26 days to go for Kerala assembly elections, the final list for Congress, which was expected to be declared on Friday, has been again postponed with the party announcing that 81 candidates have been finalised, out of the 91 seats it will be contesting.
Khushbu Sundar gets BJP ticket in Tamil Nadu Elections & to contest from ‘Thousand Lights’ Assembly Constituency
Actor-politician Khushbu Sundar was among the18 candidates finalized on Saturday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming assembly election in Tamil Nadu. The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) at party headquarter in Delhi. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda among others. Sundar will contest from the ‘Thousand Lights’ assembly constituency. Earlier, Sundar had claimed that she was insulted in the Congress and wondered how the grand old outfit could do good for the nation when there was “no freedom to speak the truth” within the party. Even while she was in the Congress, Khushbu said she had welcomed the National Education Policy and abolition of the triple talaq.
Popularly called ‘Metro Man’, E Sreedharan also got a party ticket for the Kerala assembly polls. The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) at party headquarter in Delhi. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda among others. Sreedharan has been fielded from Palakkad. Sreedharan, the 88-year-old technocrat, who is hailed as the ‘Metro Man’ for his contribution to the urban transport sector, has resigned from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, as he embarks on his political journey. He was serving as the principal advisor to the DMRC and had association with it for over two decades.
I have the responsibility to raise the voice of Kongu Naadu in the legislative assembly – Kamal Haasan
I really like Coimbatore. If Kongu region thrives, all the other regions will also thrive. But Kongu has become a fort of corruption. My plan is to change that and I have the responsibility to raise the voice of Kongu Naadu in the legislative assembly.
Actor and chief of Makkal Neethi Mayyam (MNM) party Kamal Hassan will contest the Tamil Nadu election from Coimbatore south. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress will also be contesting from the same constituency. The primary list of candidates was announced by the part on Wednesday from which the actor’s name was missing. This led to speculations that the actor turned politician will be contesting from Alandur, where his brother and former chief minister MG Ramachandran had won twice.
Noorbina Rasheed in Kozhikode South: For 1st time in 25 years Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Ticket for a Woman
For the first time in 25 years, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a key ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, is fielding a woman candidate in the April 6 assembly elections in Kerala. Noorbina Rasheed is among the 25 candidates announced by the party on Friday, as it dropped two tainted MLAs, including former minister V K Ibrahim Kunju. Eight sitting MLAs have been fielded by the party, besides former Malappuram MP and senior party leader P K Kunhalikutty, who resigned his Lok Sabha seat recently to throw his hat in the state poll arena.
Muslim League Kozhikode South reacted against fielding woman candidate Noorbina Rasheed in the constituency
The leadership of the Muslim League Kozhikode South mandalam committee has reacted against the party’s decision to field woman candidate Noorbina Rasheed in the constituency. Opposing the decision to field Noorbina Rasheed in Kozhikode South, the leaders of the mandalam committee have decided to meet tomorrow to discuss their course of action in this regard. It has been 25 years since a woman was named candidate by the Muslim League. Khamarunnisa Anwar was the only woman whose name had appeared in the Muslim League’s list of candidates. Khamarunnisa, who contested in the Kozhikode second constituency in the 1996 assembly elections, lost to Left candidate Elamaram Kareem.
Former Kerala Congress leader Vijayan Thomas, who was a general secretary in the party, joined the BJP here on Friday. The BJP has been looking to make inroads among the Christian voters in the southern state. It may field Thomas, who hails from the minority community which has a sizeable presence there, in the assembly polls. Elections in the state are scheduled to be held on April 6. Thomas took a swipe at his former party, claiming that it does not have a regional-party presence in many parts of the country and that its leadership does not know what is happening.
Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam files his nomination from Bodinayakanur. “Today I’ve filed my nomination from Bodinayakanur. I’ve been a winning candidate for the past 2 times. I’ve done all works in the constituency. People are satisfied with my work so I’ve been given this seat again. I hope this time too people will support me,” said Panneerselvam.
DMK President M K Stalin on Friday released the list of all 173 candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls, nominating himself from the Kolathur constituency once again. Addressing a press conference at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam here, Stalin said he will file the nomination, which started Friday in the poll-bound state, on March 15 and embark on the next leg of the campaign.
When he [Tejasvi Surya] says Congress kept the people poor, you have the unique distinction – Supriya Shrinate
When he [Tejasvi Surya] says Congress kept the people poor, you have the unique distinction of leading the economy into recession first time ever. You have the unique distinction of taking unemployment to a 45-year high. Is this what new India stands for?
In so far as the recession allegation is concerned, all of us are aware that the Covid pandemic affected not just India but the entire world. All countries across the world are facing a huge economic challenge and we are not isolated from that. And it is only this government that has managed to save both lives and livelihood. This is why the recovery from recession has been so effective and so real.
Reacting to Left’s change in stance on Sabarimala Temple issue, Union MoS MEA V Muraleedharan, scoffed saying ‘Pain ahead of polls’
Reacting to the Left’s change in stance on the Sabarimala Temple issue, Union MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday, scoffed at it. He stated that the ‘pain of Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran’ only cropped up ahead of Assembly polls. The Left stated that entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple should never have happened, changing his stance from hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict.
Mamata Banerjee is a much-loved leader who has given a clean government in West Bengal. She has immense support from the people. She has the strength to take on anyone and win in West Bengal. She will win the Assembly election too. We should now give her moral support and I stand by her.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Thursday expressed concern over the alleged assault on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Referring to Mamata as his sister, the JDS supremo wished her speedy recovery, while appealing for restraint on all sides. “I am very much concerned about the health condition of my sister and colleague Mamata Banerjee. I wish her a quick recovery.
Kerala Congress leader PC Chacko on Wednesday (March 10) submitted his resignation to Sonia Gandhi. In a statement, he said that he made this move because it had become difficult to be a Congress leader in Kerala. The senior Congress leader’s resignation comes as a big blow to the Congress ahead of the Kerala Assembly elections.
PC Chacko said that Kerala is facing a crucial election and the people want Congress to come back but there’s groupism practiced by top leaders of Congress. “I’ve been arguing with high command that this should be ended. But the high command is also agreeing to the proposal given by both groups,” he added. The senior Congress leader also hopes that his resignation will serve as an eye-opener to the party.
Accusing his party of ignoring state leaders in the selection of candidates for the April 6 Kerala polls, Chacko said, “There is no democracy left in the Congress. The list of candidates has not been discussed with the state Congress committee.” Chacko is a former Member of Parliament from Thrissur Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. Addressing a press conference, Chacko said he has sent his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
I don’t think it was a wise decision at this crucial juncture – Kerala Congress MP Hibi Eden, commenting on PC Chacko’s resignation
He is a very senior Congress leader who has been given ample opportunities by the Central leadership. He’s a valuable asset for the Indian National Congress. I don’t think it was a wise decision at this crucial juncture where Congress is going into an important election.
I’d been deliberating upon this decision for past many days – PC Chacko after resigning from Congress
I’d been deliberating upon this decision for past many days. I come from Kerala where there’s no Congress party as such. There are 2 parties – Congress (I) & Congress (A). It’s coordination committee of 2 parties functioning as KPCC.
High Command is mute witness to this disaster & there’s no remedy – PC Chacko after resigning from Congress
Congress is a great tradition. Being a Congress man is prestigious thing but today in Kerala nobody can be a Congress man. One can belong to either ‘I group’ or ‘A group’. So I decided to call it a day. High Command is mute witness to this disaster & there’s no remedy.
Upset over seat-sharing, actor Vijayakanth’s DMDK has quit AIADMK-BJP alliance ahead of Tamil Nadu polls next month. DMDK founder Captain Vijayakant said the decision was taken after several rounds of talks, during which the two parties were unable to arrive at an agreement over seats. “We had three rounds of talks with the AIADMK for the upcoming Assembly elections. They failed to allocate the seats and constituencies demanded by the DMDK. We had a discussion with the district secretaries today, and based on their opinions, we have decided to end ties with the AIADMK-BJP alliance,” a statement issued by the party read.
It was unfortunate that DMDK walked out of the alliance. They should have some maturity; passing below-the-belt remarks against a party won’t do any good to them. DMDK’s departure won’t affect AIADMK in any way.
Addressing reporters, DMDK Deputy General Secretary L K Sudhish, also Vijayakant’s brother-in-law, said party workers would ensure the ruling party is defeated in all 234 constituencies. “Today is Deepavali for us. AIADMK will lose its deposit in all constituencies. Our cadres will work across the state to defeat them,” he said. Sudhish’s comments come days after he said the AIADMK would have vanished had it not forged an alliance with DMDK in the 2011 Assembly election.
Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MKM) will contest on 154 out of 234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu
Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MKM) will contest on 154 out of 234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu assembly elections, leaving the remaining 80 seats for its two alliance partners – All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi – that will contest on 40 seats each. Announcing his party’s poll assurances, Haasan said MNM is committed to ensuring the dignity and recognition of homemakers. There will be 50 percent reservation for women in the uniform sector. Hostels will be made available in every district for free emergency overnight stay for women in distress, he said.
Hitting back at Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday called him an “embodiment of communalism” and said the BJP leader was jailed for the crimes of alleged “kidnapping and fake encounters”, a reference to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case. Amit Shah is an embodiment of communalism. He will do anything to nurture communalism. Even though he became a union minister, he has not changed much. The leader of RSS which propagates communalism is here to teach us secularism.
Does Amit Shah Remember whose name was mentioned in charge sheet of a fake encounter case – Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
“The chief minister is alleging that the central agenciesare acting as political tools (of BJP-led NDA government). Iwould like to ask a few questions. I want to ask the CM if the dollar/gold scam main accused had worked in his office ornot?” Amit Shah had asked, referring to Swapna Suresh, who has beenarrested in connection with the cases. Vijyan on Monday said: “He asked me certain questions yesterday. I would like to remind him that I was not the one who was jailed for kidnapping. Does Amit Shah remember whose name was mentioned in the charge sheet of a fake encounter case, was arrested and then jailed? “The same person was accused of murder, kidnapping, extortion and illegal surveillance. And on a mysterious death, is he speaking from his own experience?” Vijayan asked at a election rally at Dharmadam in Kannur district.
I knew about this conspiracy four months ago (and) was warned about it. If I had got scared, I could have done something about it. I got a call 26 hours in advance from the high command, from my well wishers that your CD will be released by 5-6 pm the next day. They asked me to take precautionary legal action but I still did not do it. This is a major political conspiracy. No matter how much it costs or how powerful they (alleged conspirators) are, will not spare them until we jail them.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has tied up with TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections. TTV Dhinakaran took to Twitter and announced the tie-up, saying, “In the alliance led by the AMMK, the AIMIM party led by Mr Asaduddin Owaisi has been allotted 3 constituencies in Tamil Nadu namely Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri and Sankarapuram”. As part of the seat-sharing deal, Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will be contesting on three seats — Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri and Shankarapuram.
DMK allotted 25 assembly constituencies to Congress along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha by-election seat
The DMK on Sunday allotted 25 assembly constituencies to Congress along with the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha by-election seat. It has also given 6 seats to MDMK through a deal with Congress and CPI(M). The ruling AIADMK on the other hand allotted 20 seats to its ally BJP after rounds of negotiations, while its talks with the DMDK remained inconclusive. With talks on seat sharing over, the DMK is set to kick start its campaign with a mega rally in the state today.
Congress, DMK, Left, VCK will sweep these elections – Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress incharge of Tamil Nadu
BJP by entering into an alliance with AIADMK, its intention is to finish off AIADMK. They want to kill all opposition parties and have ‘one party-one man rule’ in the country. Congress, DMK, Left, VCK will sweep these elections.
Karti Chidambaram want Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be named as the candidate for the by-polls to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency
The Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency has become a hot seat this election season. Congress’ Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram Friday filed an application before the party’s state election committee, requesting that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be named as the candidate for the by-polls to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency. Meanwhile, deceased Congress MP H Vasanthakumar’s son Vijay Vasanth also filed an application to contest for the by-polls from Kanyakumari seat.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) have finally sealed the seat-sharing numbers for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections. The BJP will contest from 20 seats of the total 39 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The deal has been signed by AIADMK leaders O. Panneerselvam, Edappadi K. Palaniswami and BJP leaders CT Ravi and L Murugan. Lok Sabha bypoll ticket for the Kanyakumari constituency has also been given to BJP. The seat fell vacant after the demise of H Vasanthakumar of the Congress passing away because of Covid-19.
We consider the passing away of Amma (the late J. Jayalalithaa) as a huge loss. However, I believe that her soul has been guiding me as well as the ruling AIADMK. With her guiding light, we hope to win the coming assembly poll and install an AIADMK government for the third consecutive term in the state.
All parties that were part of the AIADMK-led alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll are still with us. We will work to strengthen the alliance. We are a natural alliance of parties, which have come together for people’s welfare. The alliance goal is the people’s well-being and striving towards the goal of a self-reliant and prosperous India. There is no challenge at all for us.
PMK President G K Mani announced that Party’s Election Manifesto will be released on Friday, 5th March
PMK president G K Mani on Wednesday announced that the party’s election manifesto will be released on Friday. The party, which has signed poll pact with the ruling AIADMK, will release its own manifesto. PMK founder-leader S Ramadoss and his son and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss will speak about the manifesto in Chennai at 10am on the day of its release, an official statement said.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan will be BJP’s Chief Minister candidate in the upcoming Kerala Assembly Elections 2021
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan (in file photo) will be BJP’s Chief Minister candidate in the upcoming Kerala Assembly Elections 2021, said State BJP chief K Surendran. Sreedharan, 88, joined the BJP last week. BJP state president K Surendran, currently on a state-wide political tour, Vijay Yatra, announced the decision. “The party will soon release a list of other candidates as well,” he said. Sreedharan, the architect of the Delhi Metro, had formally joined the BJP on February 25 in the presence of Union Minister R K Singh at a function at Changaramkulam in Malappuram district when the ‘Vijay Yatra’ led by Surendran reached there.
Veteran actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he is in talks with “like-minded” parties for a possible electoral alliance for the April 6 assembly election. “Many parties are holding discussions and some like the AISMK shook hands. We will decide on alliance first before a confab on seat-sharing,” Haasan told reporters in Chennai when his attention was drawn to AISMK founder R Sarath Kumar’s assertion that an alliance between the two parties has been firmed up.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Thursday stated that the saffron party will win “more than 200 seats” in the West Bengal assembly elections 2021. Surya affirmed that the BJP Chief Minister will take oath in West Bengal on May 3rd. He added that there are just a few days left for Mamata Banerjee’s government in the state. BJP will win more than 200 seats in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee’s days as a chief minister are numbered. On the 3rd of May, West Bengal will have a BJP chief minister”, said BJP MP Tejasvi Surya.
Since the period of Kalaignar (former CM M Karunanidhi), IUML is always the first party to sign a poll pact with the DMK, and party leader M K Stalin has followed this tradition. We asked for five seats, but they (DMK) explained to us that they need to field more of their party members and also accommodate other new allies, and hence we settled for three seats. We will contest on our ladder symbol.
The AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday for the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswsami, who is the AIADMK joint coordinator, and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who is the party’s coordinator, called on Amit Shah at a star hotel in Chennai late on Sunday. The talks that started around 10 pm were on for two hours, a day after the AIADMK and the BJP initiated the parleys.
Uttam Kumar Reddy asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State
Stating that the number of unemployed youths in Telangana has doubled over the last seven years under the TRS government, TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, on Sunday, asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State. He told cadre that a victory in the Graduate MLC elections was critical for the survival of the party. He asked them to enlighten the public about the “divisive” politics of the BJP.