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.

Kamal Haasan in talks with ‘Like-Minded’ Parties for Alliance in Tamil Nadu

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 will win more than 200 seats in West Bengal – Tejasvi Surya

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.

We will Contest on Our Ladder Symbol – Kadar Mohideen, IUML

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.

AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah

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.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hopeful of poll alliance with Kamal Haasan’s Party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in Tamil Nadu

After receiving encouraging response in Gujarat civic polls, AAP is planning to enter the TN election ring in alliance with the Kamal Haasan’s party. Assembly elections in the southern state will be held on April 6. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is said to be on terms with Haasan. As a goodwill measure, the Delhi government recently announced setting up a Tamil academy in the national capital to help spread Tamil culture. Appreciating this, Haasan congratulated Kejriwal on Twitter.

Actor Kamal Haasan has not become a famous figure now, or only in Tamil Nadu – Aam Aadmi Party Senior Leader Satyendar Jain

Actor Kamal Haasan has not become a famous figure now, or only in Tamil Nadu. He’s a renowned and respected personality in the entire country for the last 30 years. Everything is possible. The work of a lighthouse is to show direction to the ships, not capture their place. We are making lighthouses and showing people the right direction and helping them get salvation from corrupt politicians. We were outsiders there. But people vote for the work you do. There is no outsider or insider. We are all Indians. Wherever we fight and win elections, local governance will be completely handled by locals. We will guide them and give them the AAP model of governance and development.

Grateful to him (Rahul Gandhi) for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers – Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Rahul Gandhi’s expertise in scuba diving has been the talk of the town in Kerala. His venture into the deep sea with YouTube channel ‘Fishing Freaks’ has been happily lapped up by social media. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is rarely sarcastic, expressed ‘gratitude for Rahul’s love for Kerala.’ “Grateful to him for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers,” he said. The CM’s one-liner jibe against Rahul too has spread like wildfire on social media with ‘explainers’ by Left handles, on how Congress and UPA have deceived fish workers in policy matters. However, even political observers who are sympathetic to the Left do not dismiss Rahul’s pivotal role in Kerala politics.

Kamal Hassan’s 3rd front is not getting much attention from media

Now Kamal Hassan’s 3rd front is not even getting much attention from media as well as people, not only because his party doesn’t have a cadre or structure but also because of the utter failure of the 3rd front in previous elections. Moreover, Kamal Hassan was never a mass hero or a leader. His intellectual rants are either ignored or objected to by the masses. His comments against religion abhorred by a section of the people. It is to be noted that the media gave a good share of screen time for his party during the 2019 LS elections and despite that his party failed miserably. Because of all these reasons, Kamal’s third front is not at all taken seriously by the people of Tamil Nadu.

After E Sreedharan joined BJP more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra

After E Sreedharan joined BJP last week, the party men in Ernakulam are elated to know that more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra on Sunday evening. Sources said retired judges from the high court, two former IPS officers and members from the transgender community are expected to be inducted into the party at a public function.

Poonjar MLA P C George has decided to contest alone in the upcoming assembly polls

After the UDF shut its doors on P C George, the Poonjar MLA has decided to contest alone in the upcoming assembly polls. However, George has not ruled out gaining support of NDA in the coming days. George, who was keen to become an ally of the UDF, slammed Oommen Chandy for being a stumbling block between him and the UDF. George was of the opinion that it was Chandy who was instrumental in not allowing him an entry to the UDF. He also ruled out joining the LDF.

I won’t cooperate with UDF who are supported by Jihadis – PC George

I will contest from Poonjar as the candidate of Kerala Janapaksham (Secular). Anyone can support me. BJP, UDF or LDF, any front can extend support to my party. I have held talks with Twenty 20. They are contributing a great service. At present, I have no plans to hold talks with any other fronts. Muslim League is a good political party in UDF. But they are being controlled by the Jihadis. Even Congress leaders are unable to take a decision. I won’t cooperate with UDF who are supported by Jihadis. Cheaters are leading the front.

Oommen Chandy blocked my entry to UDF. He is plotting against Ramesh Chennithala – PC George

MLA PC George has vowed that he will contest from Poonjar constituency again. He alleged that UDF cheated him and asserted that he won’t join any front for the Assembly polls. “Oommen Chandy blocked my entry to UDF. He is plotting against Ramesh Chennithala. I will make more revelations about Oommen Chandy in the press meet scheduled on Wednesday,” PC George added. He also revealed that UDF held talks on fielding him as an independent candidate from Kanjirappally. The MLA raised sharp criticism against UDF over this matter.

PC George hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF

PC George has hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF as he supports VS Achuthanandan. While responding to plans to join NDA, PC George stated that he will think about it if K Surendran invites him. P C George had joined as an ally of NDA during the previous Lok Sabha polls and also became part of the election campaign for K Surendran in Pathanamthitta. However, NDA could not make expected success in the polls. With this, P C George left the front calling it a temporary system.

P C George’s Janapaksham party is likely to join the NDA in Kerala

Ahead of the assembly election, P C George’s Janapaksham party is likely to join the NDA. P C George is trying to become an ally of NDA after the local leaders of Congress opposed his entry into the UDF. He said that the political decision on this will be declared on February 27. The Congress leaders said they will field a parallel candidate if P C George is made an ally. With this, UDF offered to support him if he contested as an independent candidate. But P C George was not interested in this offer and decided to check other ways.

R Sarath Kumar (AISMK Founder) met Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Chief Kamal Hassan to initiate alliance talks

All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) founder and actor Sarath Kumar met with Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief and actor Kamal Hassan to initiate alliance talks. Previously an AIADMK ally, Sarath Kumar on Friday announced that AISMK will contest the upcoming election with Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) headed by Perambalur MP, TR Pachamuthu. It is to be noted that IJK was part of the DMK alliance in the Lok Sabha polls.

Discussions have been held with Kamal Hassan over a Possible Alliance – AISMK Founder Sarath Kumar

Speaking to the media, Sarath Kumar said, “The chief minister will be decided only after winning.” The actor added that the discussions have been held with Kamal Hassan over a possible alliance and he is expecting a positive response. All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi’s Sarath Kumar, however, said that the talks with MNM were incomplete after meeting Kamal Haasan on Saturday. The actor-turned-politician claimed that his party could do good for the people of the state and vowed to bring a dynamic manifesto.

Sarath Kumar appealed to the people to not accept cash for votes

All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi’s Sarath Kumar, however, said that the talks with MNM were incomplete after meeting Kamal Haasan on Saturday. The actor-turned-politician claimed that his party could do good for the people of the state and vowed to bring a dynamic manifesto. Further, Sarath Kumar appealed to the people to not accept cash for votes, pointing out that the resolve of the public to not accept such bribes could lead to a change. Earlier on Saturday, Sarath Kumar announced an alliance with SRM Group Paarivendhar’s Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi. Sarath Kumar, along with his wife Radikaa, also met expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala at her residence on Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary.

DMK formed a seven-member committee to discuss seat-sharing talks with Congress and other allies

DMK formed a seven-member committee to discuss seat-sharing talks with Congress and other allies. Party General Secretary Duraimurugan said the panel would be headed by Treasurer T.R. Baalu. K.N. Nehru, I. Periyasamy, K. Ponmudi, Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, Organising Secretary R.S. Bharathi and E.V. Velu would be part of the team, he added. Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Oomen Chandy, and Dinesh Gundu Rao met DMK representatives on Friday to negotiate seat-sharing talks and as per reports, Congress raised a demand for 54 seats as opposed to 41 that it contested from in the previous election.

Congress and the DMK began seat negotiations for the coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu

Congress and the DMK began seat negotiations for the coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu on Thursday in which the former asked its partner for at least 54 seats, two Congress leaders said on the condition of anonymity. With elections due in less than two months, former Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy and Congress’ chief of communications Randeep Surjewala held talks with DMK leaders in Chennai. DMK chief Stalin didn’t participate in these talks.

'Metro Man' E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala

‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala

‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh. Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran. Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP. “Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister Sri RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” senior BJP leader BL Santhosh tweeted.

DMK President MK Stalin hits out at Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami for Raising Retirement Age

DMK president MK Stalin on Thursday hit out at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami for raising the retirement age of government employees to 60 years, saying the announcement was made with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Though increasing the retirement age of state government employees was welcome, it appears that the announcement was made with the elections in mind, Stalin alleged. “Raising the retirement age is welcome, albeit the announcement made for the election,” the DMK leader said in a Facebook post on Thursday. He said the Chief Minister should have fixed the age criteria of 60 years when he had increased the retirement age to 59 from 58 years in May last year.

MK Stalin’s DMK willing to contest on 190 Seats in Tamil Nadu Polls

DMK is aiming to field at least 190 candidates, which is more than 80% of seats in the 234-member assembly, on its ‘rising sun’ symbol in the forthcoming assembly election. The candidates contesting on the rising sun symbol could include allies, including MDMK, VCK and Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi, said sources in the DMK and the allies.

Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders – PM Modi’s Jibe on V Narayanasamy & Rahul Gandhi in Puducherry

These development works cover roads, healthcare, education, culture, sport and marine economy. What I am seeing here today — the energy and enthusiasm — is wonderful. It shows how the direction of the wind is changing in Puducherry. In 2016, Puducherry didn’t get a people’s govt. They got a govt that was busy serving the Congress high command in Delhi, their priorities were different. Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders. The high command Congress government in Puducherry made it a point to damage every sector of governance. Traditional mills closed. Local industry was troubled. Congress doesn’t believe in working for the people.

Surge in COVID Cases in Maharashtra & Kerala; Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the Situation

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country amid an upward trajectory in cases in a few states. The review meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and top officials of the two ministries. Shah took stock of the coronavirus situation in the country, particularly states which have witnessed a spike in cases recently. The meeting also focused on the possible assistance to be offered to the affected states. Recently, states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh saw a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.

Kerala: Asianet News & 24 News Predicted that LDF led by CPI (M)’s Pinarayi Vijayan will return to Power

Left in Kerala has reasons to cheer. In two pre-poll surveys, conducted by two prominent channels- Asianet News and 24 News- it has been predicted that the Left Democratic Front-led by the CPI (M) will return to power. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also had the highest approval rating, the surveys revealed. Kerala is scheduled to go to polls in April. Asianet survey predicted that the ruling LDF will get between 72 to 78 seats, a little over the halfway mark in the Kerala Assembly. The opposition UDF would bag 59 to 65 seats, stated the survey. The BJP led National Democratic Alliance is predicted to increase its tally in the Kerala Assembly, with the Asianet survey giving it 3 to 7 seats. The Asianet survey is a random survey done in 50 out of the 140 constituencies in the state.

YSR Congress has claimed that it has bagged 85 percent seats in the AP panchayat election

The YCP has claimed that it has bagged 85 percent seats in the AP panchayat elections. There are over 13,125 panchayats in the State. The ruling party leaders are asserting that they have got a clear and indisputable majority. Just like in the 2019 Assembly elections, their party has totally decimated and exterminated the TDP. With this, there is no doubt that the Chandrababu Naidu era in AP politics has come to an end, says AP Government Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. He has asserted that the YCP won 100 percent seats in Pulivendula which belongs to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

V Narayanasamy Led Congress Puducherry government will undergo a floor test Today

Congress-led Puducherry government will undergo a floor test on Monday. The floor test was ordered by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. Tamilisai asked Chief Minister Narayanasamy to prove its majority in the assembly. The ruling Congress-DMK alliance has 11 MLAs in the 33-member Legislative Assembly. The opposition has 14 members. Earlier on Sunday, two more ruling alliance’s MLAs resigned. They are Congress’ K Lakshminarayanan and DMK’s Venkatesan. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu at his residence.

TRS picks PV Narasimha Rao’s Daughter S Vani Devi as its candidate for MLC Election

The TRS has decided to field late PV Narasimha Rao’s daughter S Vani Devi as its candidate for the Graduate MLC election from Hyd-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar seat. She will file her papers on Monday. Since the last day for nominations is February 23, the decision comes as a surprise for the party workers and even Ministers and MLAs. The indications from the party so far was that it would stay away from the elections in this constituency and extend support to Independent candidate K. Nageshwar, which was opposed within the party quite strongly.

Congress-led government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote, CM Narayanasamy Resigns

Congress-led government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu said announced that the Narayanasamy government could not prove its majority and adjourned the House sine die. Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting. Subsequently, the Speaker declared that the motion stood defeated.

MLAs should stay loyal to the Party – Puducherry CM Narayanasamy

MLAs should stay loyal to the party. MLAs who have resigned will not be able to face the people as people will call them opportunists. The BJP government at the Centre, NR Congress and AIADMK have succeeded in dislodging our government by using voting power used by 3 nominated members. This is murder of democracy. The people of Puducherry and this country will teach them a lesson. Myself, ministers, Congress and DMK MLAs and independent legislator have tendered resignation and sought it be accepted.

Supreme Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad, facing several criminal cases related to the Aircel-Maxis deal

Supreme Court on Monday allowed Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, who is facing criminal cases that are being probed by the ED and the CBI, to travel abroad. A bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked Chidambaram to deposit Rs 2 crore with the registry and submit details on the places to be visited and the place where he would stay. The apex court said the amount be deposited in a nationalised bank and allowed Chidambaram to travel for six months. Earlier, it had allowed him to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain.

BJP will not stake a claim to form the government in Puducherry, confirms BJP State Unit President V Saminathan

We will not try and form a government at this stage. With the people’s blessings in the forthcoming elections and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modiji’s leadership, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a government with BJP and its alliance partners All India NR Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in May and build a new bright future for the people of Puducherry.

One Congress, One DMK MLA Quits Ruling alliance in Puducherry, puts V Narayanasamy Govt into Trouble

The resignation by Congress MLA K Lakshminarayanan and DMK legislator Venkatesan further reduced the strength of the ruling alliance to 11, while the opposition has 14 MLAs in the 33-member assembly, which has seven vacancies. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker V P Sivakolundhu at his residence here, the both said.

We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House – Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy

Today, ministers, MLAs of Congress & DMK, MPs and other party leaders met and discussed the strategy to be adopted by us in the Legislative Assembly (tomorrow). We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that neither the BJP Government at the Centre nor TRS Government in the State, did anything for the people of Telangana

Uttam Kumar Reddy was addressing a meeting at Tripuraram on Sunday. Besides Jana Reddy and Ramulu Naik, other Congress senior leaders including Shankar Naik, Madhavi and Karnati Linga Reddy also addressed the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that neither the BJP Government at the Centre nor TRS Government in the State, did anything for the people of Telangana, especially the voters of Nagarjuna Sagar constituency. The TPCC Chief strongly condemned Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for skipping the meeting of NITI Aayog held on Saturday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR should have participated in the meeting – N Uttam Kumar Reddy

As the Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR should have participated in the meeting to raise issues concerning the State. By skipping the meeting, KCR has sent a clear message that either he is not interested in the development of Telangana or he has completely surrendered before the Modi Govt and giving it a free hand to do whatever it wants. It is highly unfortunate that Telangana got a CM who only rests at his palatial bungalow ‘Pragathi Bhavan’ or the farm house. But he never finds time to meet people to listen to their grievances and resolve them. While other CMs presented a wishlist for their respective States, CM KCR decided to take rest by assigning the job to Chief Secretary Somesh Kuma.

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is crying foul as he is unable to digest the defeat – YSRCP General Secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is crying foul as he is unable to digest the defeat, particularly in his own Kuppam Assembly Constituency. Chandrababu Naidu always keeps on lying, whether he is in power or in the Opposition. He has been cheating the public…. this is the reason why people did not vote for him and candidates supported by Chandrababu Naidu’s party have lost panchayat elections in Kuppam. Till a few days back, TDP has been lauding the SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as if he is a demigod. But now Chandrababu is slamming the SEC, for victories of YSRCP.

We have criticised the SEC but we never abused him personally – Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy

Till a few days back, TDP has been lauding the SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as if he is a demigod. But now Chandrababu is slamming the SEC, for victories of YSRCP. We have criticised the SEC but we never abused him personally. We contradicted his partial attitude. But the election process is being held by the same SEC only. Then where is the failure? It is the people’s outright rejection of TDP and Chandrababu Naidu is not able to digest that fact.

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami said that while Stalin had his father’s backing, he climbed the ladder of success from a rural background

Hitting out at DMK President M K Stalin for his Chief Ministerial aspirations, incumbent K Palaniswami on Thursday wondered if the post was something that could be purchased from a shop and said it has to be decided by the people. Palaniswami said that while Stalin had his father’s backing, he climbed the ladder of success from a rural background. Anyone from AIADMK can reach the top with hardwork, but that was not the case in the DMK where the party’s first family was at the helm of affairs, he said.

I never saw myself as a chief minister but you (people) are – K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu CM

DMK was in power five times. You were a Minister and deputy CM. Why didn’t you take care of people then. They won’t cater to people while in power but are speaking lies (now) to come to power. Anyone from AIADMK can reach the top with hardwork, but that was not the case in the DMK where the party’s first family was at the helm of affairs. I never saw myself as a chief minister but you (people) are and the post was meant to serve the public.

Income Tax Department has detected an alleged cash-for-seat scam running in some Karnataka-based medical colleges

The Income Tax Department has detected an alleged cash-for-seat scam running in some Karnataka-based medical colleges, as the CBDT said over Rs 400 crore blackmoney has been generated in the name of capitation fee by these institutions. A statement issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes said these alleged irregularities were found after nine major trusts, registered in Bengaluru and Mangaluru, running educational institutes, including medical colleges were raided on Wednesday.

I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants – ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan

I will be a candidate in the upcoming Loksabha elections if the party wants. I have been living in Kerala for the past 10 years. I have seen both the UDF and the LDF rule. I feel that these rules have not brought any tangible progress to the state. Lot of things are possible in terms of industrialisation and employment opportunities for people. Not even one industry in the state in the last 20 years.

BJP is raising the motto of development and a new Kerala – BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh

The BJP is raising the motto of development and a new Kerala. For the people of Kerala, Sreedharan is like an ambassador for development. The youth and new voters, especially in the city areas, will be supporting him. This will benefit us electorally.

Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments – Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasway

No one will be surprised, if a BJP-led or BJP-backed government somehow manages to get on the saddle. This is the same script that is playing out in each state, say political analysts. “This is the BJP’s style of functioning. They will poach and buy MLAs. They have done it in Manipur, Arunachal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh…they are only purchasing MLAs. Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments,” the Chief Minister Narayanasway told NDTV on Tuesday, even as he asserted that his government is not in a minority.

‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan will officially join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Kerala Assembly polls

‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan is set to take a political plunge. Sreedharan will officially join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday. He will join the saffron party during its Vijay Yatra, a rath yatra the party is organising in Kerala ahead of the assembly polls. The yatra will be led by Kerala BJP chief K Surendran. The BJP will launch the Yatra in Kerala on February 21 from Kasaragod as it seeks to expand its footprint ahead of polls. The yatra will culminate at Thiruvananthapuram in the first week of March. Kerala is among the five states where Assembly polls will be held later this year.

Dr. Kiran Bedi removed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to take additional charge

Dr. Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry while Governor of Telangana, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, has been given the additional charge as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. The development has come on the day when the Congress-led government in the Union Territory slipped into a minority after one more legislator resigned reducing its tally in the assembly. The President has directed that Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry and has appointed Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, to discharge the functions of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, in addition to her own duties, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office, until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made,” Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President, said in a statement.

We are up against the BJP-led AIADMK – DMK MP Kanimozhi

AIADMK has been our main opponent all these years. But this time, we are up against the BJP-led AIADMK. The State has lost its independence and we are facing an election to uphold social justice. This election is not about the victory of MK Stalin but of the victory of Dravidam. There may be minor conflicts within the party. The AIADMK will try to take advantage of these conflicts.

BJP MP PC Mohan has likened climate activist Disha Ravi to terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Burhan Wani

Bharatiya Janata Party MP PC Mohan has likened climate activist Disha Ravi to terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Burhan Wani. Mohan is a Lok Sabha MP from Bangalore Central constituency. He is representing the seat since 2009. “Burhan Wani was a 21-year-old. Ajmal Kasab was a 21-year-old. Age is just a number! No one is above the law. Law will take its own course. A Crime is a crime is a crime is a crime.” he said in a tweet.

4 Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting

Four Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government on Tuesday initiating a fresh crisis for the INC administration in the Union Territory which is led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. Responding to resignation of the MLAs, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting. Earlier on February 15, MLA Malladi Krishna Rao had also resigned from the Congress government. Now, that five MLAs have resigned from the administration within just two days, the Congress-led Puducherry government is pacing towards a big crisis.

BJP is focusing on Dalits and weaker sections to set its foothold in Telangana

BJP is focusing on Dalits and weaker sections to set its foothold in Telangana state by inducting TRS’s leaders belonging to Dalits and weaker sections into the party. In the light of its ‘Dubbak’ and GHMC elections, BJP leadership has decided to focus on Dalits and OBC to strengthen its vote bank. BJP State President B Sanjay is touring different districts and meeting the weaker and backward communities’ leaders. The party has instructed its local leaders to tour the districts and try to bring different communities closer to the party.

Legal steps are being taken to facilitate VK Sasikala contest in the upcoming Assembly elections, AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran

Legal steps are being taken to facilitate VK Sasikala contest in the upcoming Assembly elections, AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran said on Sunday. Talking to reporters at Orathanadu in Thanjavur district on the sidelines of a marriage function, Dhinakaran reiterated that the AMMK’s goal was to retrieve the party of J Jayalalithaa.

H D Deve Gowda called upon Party Workers & Leaders to save the Regional Party

Former Prime Minister and JD-S Supremo H D Deve gowda on Sunday called upon the party workers and leaders to save the regional party in the state in upcoming elections. Speaking after inaugurating a JD-S conference here, he said that it was up to the workers who have to strive hard to win more seats in the coming elections besides strengthening the party across the state. Speaking on the occasion former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said when his party did not file any candidates who the congress was so worried and feared including the leader of the opposition.

Our party should win the next election and save our regional party – HD Deve Gowda

I can only guide you and it would not be possible to travel all over the place. I can advise and give suggestions to you to do so. We have put up a strong fight in upcoming Karnataka local body elections which are very important to us. We need to prove that we have not fallen behind. We have to show what our strength is in the coming elections. Even a small difference could make a difference while allocating a seat. Please do not shake your head about it. We all need to work in unity. Our party should win the next election and save our regional party in this state which is needed at this hour.

Kerala State Elections: LDF, UDF requested Election Commission to conduct polls before 2nd week of April whereas BJP suggests during May

The Central Election Commission team which is currently in Thiruvananthapuram to assess the pre-election preparations in the state will have discussions with various enforcement agencies at noon today. This will be followed by interactions with the State’s Chief Secretary and other senior officials. Further s will be communicated through a press conference today evening. Yesterday the central team had a series of discussions with various senior government officials, political party representatives and District Collectors. The LDF, UDF had requested the Central Election Commission to conduct the polls before the second week of April.

Siddaramaiah said Sangh Parivar needs to answer why RSS founders Hedgewar & Golwalkar never participated in freedom struggle

Launching a tirade against the BJP and the Sangh Parivar, Siddaramaiah said the Sangh Parivar needs to answer why RSS founders (Keshav Baliram) Hedgewar and (Madhavrao Sadashivrao) Golwalkar never participated in the freedom struggle of the country. “Then also they were not patriots and even today also they aren’t patriots. They killed the father of our Nation. How can we expect any patriotism from such people (Sangh Parivar),” he questioned. He further alleged that the Sangh Parivar has destroyed the communal harmony of the entire coastal region by infusing its poisonous ideology.

My Ram Bhakti is inspired by none other than the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi’s Ram Bhakti – Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah on Monday said he does not “need to learn ‘Ram Bhakti’ from those who murdered true devotee of Lord Ram, Mahatma Gandhi”. Launching ‘Jana-Dhwani’ (People’s Voice), a 108-km party padayatra (walkathon) by the Congress party in Udupi to oppose the steep hike in petrol and diesel prices, Siddaramaiah said that he is also a ‘Ram Bhakt’ but unlike BJP’s ‘Ram Bhakts’. “My Ram Bhakti is inspired by none other than the father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi’s Ram Bhakti. His Ram Bhakti included everyone while BJP’s Ram Bhakti is exclusionary, which is dangerous to the unity of the country,” he said while lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Tamil Nadu CM K Palanniswami hits out at AMMK’s Dhinakaran & said that if members from AIADMK will believe him, they will be left in the lurch

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday hit out at AMMK (Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) leader TTV Dhinakaran, who has renewed this assertion of “retrieving” the ruling AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) post-VK Sasikala’s release, saying those who go behind him will be “left in the lurch”. While addressing an election rally, the AIADMK Joint Coordinator cited the example of 18 disqualified party rebel MLAs who sided with Dhinakaran earlier.

Yogendra Yadav is the one responsible for inciting farmers that led to violence on January 26 – Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu

Yogendra Yadav is the one responsible for inciting farmers that led to violence on January 26. If the government nabs him (Yadav) it will be able to talk directly to the farmers. He is the one who would earlier talk about farm reforms. No farmer is against the country. The people of Punjab can never do anything to harm the dignity of the Tricolour.

Navjot Singh Sidhu is considering his return to the Punjab cabinet?

Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence here and it is learnt that they discussed considering an active role for him in the party, sources said. It is speculated that Sidhu, who has remained away from Punjab politics ever since he resigned from the state cabinet, is reconsidering taking up a ministerial berth.

Cases Filed against Tamil Nadu Government Employees for their January 2019 Strike would be withdrawn – CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election: Cases filed against Tamil Nadu government employees, including teachers, for their January 2019 strike over various demands would be withdrawn in the spirit of “forget and forgive,” Chief Minister K Palaniswami. 408 cases booked against over 17,600 employees for taking part in road blockade protests, among others, he said. “The request was considered by the government, which is dropping all the pending action and criminal cases in the spirit of forget and forgive,” the chief minister added.

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami Welcomed Several Announcements Made in Union Budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday welcomed several announcements made in the union budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman but sought a review of the cess regime in the interest of states. In a statement, he appreciated announcements like the allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for COVID-19 vaccination drive. The implementation of 3,500 km of national highway work in Tamil Nadu will boost the state’s economy.

DMK president MK Stalin lashed out at the Centre, saying it has offered an “illusionary lollipop” to the people of poll-bound Tamil Nadu

DMK president MK Stalin lashed out at the Centre, saying it has offered an “illusionary lollipop” to the people of poll-bound Tamil Nadu. Stalin, also Leader of the Opposition in state assembly, alleged the Centre had ‘ignored’ Tamil Nadu for the last six years and had given an impression in this budgetary exercise that it was implementing mega schemes for the state. “Like showing a mirage to a thirsty cow, the Central government has given an illusionary lollipop to the people of Tamil Nadu with an eye on polls,” he said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami met State Governor Banwarilal Purohit over Release Of 7 Convicts In Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday met state Governor Banwarilal Purohit and took up the issue of the release of all 7 convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, said AIADMK Minister D Jayakumar. The Minister informed that Palaniswami had called on the Governor soon after chairing a Cabinet meeting in Chennai, to reiterate a September 2018 Cabinet resolution recommending the realise of the convicts. Jayakumar, who among other has accompanied Mr Palaniswami said, “The Chief Minister too up (with the Governor) the release of the 7 convicts.”

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala will be released from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Prison Today

Expelled All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader, VK Sasikala, will be released from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara prison on Wednesday morning after serving a four-year jail term in the disproportionate assets case. The AIADMK’s top leaders have issued a gag order to party members. “Any party will not want the attention to be deviated to her release,” said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity.

Andhra Government Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy appealed to all stakeholders in Gram Panchayat Polls to Strive for Unanimous Elections

Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy appealed to all stakeholders in the gram panchayat (GP) polls to strive for unanimous elections to avoid friction and expenditure and make use of the incentives announced by the government. “Those taking part in these elections should only focus on the development of their village leaving party and politics behind. The state government has brought many fundamental changes in the villages, even taking the administration to the doorstep through village secretariat and volunteer system,” he said and added that a conspiracy to incite hatred is going on in the villages by the opposition leaders and advised the contestants not to fall in their trap.

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala hospitalised for COVID-19

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who is serving a jail term in a corruption case and has been hospitalised for COVID-19 is stable, according to the hospital where she is undergoing treatment. The symptoms have reduced and she is now stable, authorities at Victoria Hospital where Sasikala is being treated said on Sunday. Her sister-in-law J Ilavarasi, who is also serving a prison term in the corruption case, has tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to Victoria Hospital.

Congress Punjab MP Ravneet Singh Bittu allegedly assaulted at Singhu border Farmer Protest

Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu was Sunday allegedly assaulted, pushed around and his turban pulled off in what he described was a “murderous attack” by some “mischievous elements” at the Singhu border during a ‘Jan Sansad’ programme. The Ludhiana MP’s vehicle was also damaged in the attack at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Memorial where he had gone with Congress’ Amritsar MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and party MLA Kulbir Singh Zira to attend the event.

Farmer Protest: MK Stalin’s DMK and its allies in Tamil Nadu observe one-day fast

DMK and its allies in Tamil Nadu observe one-day fast in Chennai in support of farmers protesting against the three farm laws passed by the Centre. Farmers’ agitation against the three contentious farm laws entered day 23 on Friday (December 18) as impasse continues between the government and farmer unions. Amid the ongoing protest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers` conferences in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing on Friday. On December 17, Prime Minister Modi appreciated Tomar for ‘attempting to have a polite dialogue’ with the farmers through an open letter, requesting them to read it.

Kerala Assembly Polls: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is now getting ready for a state tour

Basking in the glory of the ruling Left front’s resounding success in the local body elections, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is now getting ready for a state tour covering all districts eyeing the assembly polls which is just months away. According to official sources, the district-wise tour would begin on December 22 from southern district Kollam.

BJP improved tally in Local Body elections in Kerala as compared to 2015 but failed to achieve set target

BJP improved tally in Local Body elections in Kerala as compared to 2015 but failed to achieve set target of 6000 wards and 100 panchayats. BJP state chief facing internal criticism. BJP will not support any front to obtain power in any panchayat. Whereas BJP can seek the support of other fronts to obtain power in the local bodies if necessary.

Kerala Elections: CM Pinarayi Vijayan to go on ‘Kerala Paryadanam’

The state government and the CPM are on a mission to repeat the victory in the local body election in the upcoming assembly too. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will conduct a ‘Kerala Paryadanam’, a state-wide public rally. CPM state secretariat meeting to be held on Friday will give a final form to this. The ‘Kerala Paryadanam’, which is organised by the chief minister targeting continuity of governance, is likely to commence from Kollam. The journey is designed in a way that it will camp in every district and meet the eminent personalities in social and cultural sector in the place. This is with the intention to collect suggestions for preparing the election manifesto.

I thank the people of Kerala for giving an improved mandate to BJP in Local Body Elections – JP Nadda

With the BJP making some gains in the local body elections in Kerala, party president J P Nadda on Thursday thanked the state’s voters and said his party will continue to expose the “corrupt, communal & hypocrite” politics of both the LDF and UDF fronts. Nadda said, “I thank the people of Kerala for giving an improved mandate to BJP in Local Body Elections. BJP Kerala President Surendran Ji & Karyakartas worked tirelessly & with this mandate, we will continue to expose the corrupt, communal & hypocrite politics of both LDF & UDF fronts.”