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.”
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”.
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.
The Income Tax (I-T) department has seized over Rs 5 crore in cash from five Chennai-based entities during a surveillance operation to ensure fair election in Tamil Nadu, officials said. “These five premises belong to five entities, who, in addition to their regular business, are also acting as cash handlers. The action resulted in a cash seizure of Rs 5.32 crore,” said the I-T officials. On March 16, according to officials, the Income Tax department conducted searches on five premises in Chennai “during the course of election surveillance being carried out for the ensuing assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.”
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.
Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations in the upcoming assembly elections in four states and Union territory. This decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations decision was taken with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process. In order to ensure transparency, EVMs/VVPATs are randomized twice using EVM Management System (EMS) while being allocated to an Assembly Constituency and then to a polling booth ruling out any fixed allocation.
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.
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.”
We are documenting about 1,000 temples in Tamil Nadu. Tremendous works of art and architecture has been destroyed and vandalised, used to construct other buildings. The UNESCO has said that Tamil Nadu temples are in a state of decay. 87 per cent of Tamil Nadu population belongs to the Hindu community. Out of the 87%, you can’t find 25 people and form a board responsible enough and competent enough to manage this. 11,999 temples did not see a single pooja taking place. 34,000 temples are struggling with (revenue of) less than Rs 10,000 a year and 37,000 temples have (appointed) just one person for pooja, maintenance, security etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence that the AIADMK-BJP alliance would form the next government in Tamil Nadu. The home minister interacted with local people and distributed BJP’s poll pamphlets. He was accompanied by former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan who is the BJP candidate for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha byelection. Shah appealed to people to ensure the victory of Radhakrishnan. “Sending a BJP candidate to the Lok Sabha is important for the overall development of the region,” he said.
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.
Kanyakumari will be witnessing the first by-elections in the constituency after a span of 50 years due to the demise of MP Vasanthakumar, who succumbed to COVID-19. The last by-polls in the constituency in 1969 also marked a huge comeback for former CM K Kamaraj, who faced a shocking defeat in the 1967 assembly polls from Virudhanagar seat. Except for 1999 and 2014 when the BJP won from Kanyakumari, the constituency has always been a Congress bastion. According to the district statistical handbook, 2017, about 51 per cent of the population are Hindus and 44 per cent are Christians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend public and organisational programmes in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday, informed an official statement. At 10:30 AM, the Union Minister will hold a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Puducherry Core Committee meeting. The meeting will take place in Karaikal. At 11.30 AM, he will address a public meeting in Karaikal. At 1:30 PM, he will attend a BJP Puducherry Mandal and Office bearers meeting in Karaikal, Puducherry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NDA allies BJP & AIADMK met to discuss seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Tamil Nadu
As the race to the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections heats up, NDA allies BJP and AIADMK met on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on Sunday. BJP leaders, including MoS G Kishan Reddy and state president L Murugan met TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami and Dy CM O Panneerselvam at their respective residences on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing for the first phase of the Assembly polls. The NDA allies’ meeting over seat-sharing comes after the Election Commission revealed the dates of Assembly elections scheduled to be held in April and May in five states – Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Assam.
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.
Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi today attacked the BJP government in Thoothukudi saying that there has been a systematic attack on elected institutions and free press in the last six years. ”India is entering a phase very much like the British era. We cannot rely on the institutions to protect our democracy anymore. We can only rely on the people of the country.” alleged Rahul Gandhi while interacting with lawyers at VOC College in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. During the interaction, Rahul Gandhi termed the CAA discriminatory on many counts. He also said that Congress is opposed to farm laws and is fighting against them.
Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)to field candidates from 23 constituencies as a part of AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu
In the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly election, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has field candidates from 23 constituencies as a part of the AIADMK-led alliance. It is pertinent to note that DMK drew a blank in both the 2016 TN Assembly polls as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election. At present, it has a lone MP in the Rajya Sabha- former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.
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.
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 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.
Election dates for 4 States & 1 UT likely to be announced today in Election Commission Press Briefing at 4.30 pm today
The Election Commission of India will hold an important press conference at 4:30 pm on Friday. The poll panel may announce dates for elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry today. It may be noted here that elections are due in four states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam and in the union territory of Puducherry. Election campaigning is already underway at a hectic pace in all four states and the UT of Puducherry.
Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Prime Minister Narendra on Thursday (February 25) took a dig at the Congress, saying that the party is prone to lying and that he was shocked at Rahul Gandhi’s “will make fisheries ministry” remark. “Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule. They are gold, silver and bronze medal winners in telling lies,” said the PM. He said that Puducherry deserved a government that is commanded by the people of Puducherry and not a small group of Congress leaders sitting in Delhi. PM Modi is on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.
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.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) has acknowledged receipt of Rs 10 crore in multiple contributions from its Tamil Nadu ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. As per the contribution report filed by CPM with the Election Commission for 2019-20, it received the funds in eight separate transfers via NEFT mode on April 5, 9 and 11 in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
AIADMK began the election formalities on Monday and invited aspiring cadre to obtain and submit applications from February 24
Application forms will be given from February 24 to March 5 at the party headquarters, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a statement. As per instructions issued by the party, applicants can collect their forms between 10 am and 5 pm from the party headquarters. The forms should be filled with the details asked for along with a fee, the statement said. The fee for aspiring candidates for Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu will be Rs 15,000, for Puducherry the fee will be Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,000 for Kerala Assembly polls.
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.
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. “The people of Tamil Nadu know who they should vote for to bring back Jayalalithaa’s government. The reception Sasikala got last week is a clear indicator of this. People know that she had to go to jail because of conspiracies.” When asked if AMMK would join a third front in the State, Dhinakaran said, “Whichever front AMMK is a part of will surely win.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala on February 14 and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects. One of the key highlights of PM Modi’s visit is going to be the handing over of the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army, at Chennai. The tank has been indigenously developed in India.
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.
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.
Clad in traditional silk white dhoti and shirt, BJP National President JP Nadda, who is on a two-day visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to kick-start the party’s election campaign, paid a visit to Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here on Saturday. Nadda reached Madurai late on Friday night in a chartered flight and stayed at a private guest house at Anuppanadi. His family members were also accompanying him during his temple visit.
BJP Chief JP Nadda Chaired Series of High-Level Party Meetings to Discuss Party’s Election Strategies in Tamil Nadu
BJP Chief JP Nadda chaired a series of high-level party meetings to discuss the party’s election strategies, including the core committee meeting that was attended by L Murugan, CT Ravi, National organising secretary BL Santhosh, senior leader L Ganesan and former Union Minister of State Pon Radhakrishnan. He also presided over a meeting with the party’s social media volunteers and new joinees. In the afternoon, Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar who was in the city to attend the inauguration of the temple built for former Chief Ministers J Jayalalithaa and MG Ramachandran at T Kunnathur near Thirumangalam, called on Nadda at the guest house where he held meetings with several leaders.
BJP President JP Nadda has made a big announcement regarding the upcoming assembly elections today. Announcing in Madurai, he said that in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Election (Tamil NaduElection), the BJP and AIADMK will contest together. BJP National President JP Nadda said that in Tamil Nadu, they will contest the elections together with like-minded parties like AIADMK. He further said that the Center is implementing several schemes for Tamil Nadu. JP Nadda, who arrived at the Meenakshi temple during the Tamil Nadu tour, offered prayers there. After which addressed a gathering.
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.”
BJP national president J P Nadda on Saturday said his party’s alliance with the AIADMK would continue for the assembly elections, due in Tamil Nadu in a few months. Both parties would face the polls together, he said, addressing a public meeting, his first in the run up to the Assembly elections expected in April or early May. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated projects like the defence corridor for Tamil Nadu while the state was ‘ignored’ during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime.
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.
DMDK treasurer Premalatha Vijayakanth had also appealed to the AIADMK leadership to start the NDA alliance talks as the time was running for the upcoming Assembly polls. BJP leader and Tamil Nadu election in-charge CT Ravi is camping in the state and studying the prospects for the aspiring BJP candidates and is also involved in holding discussions with the party workers on election strategies. The BJP has already identified the seats that they wish to contest and the same will be conveyed to the AIADMK leaders soon.
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.
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.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Tuesday said that he is just a “phone call away” if actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth wants to join hands with his party ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections next year. “We are just a phone call away. If our ideology is similar and if it would benefit the people we are ready to set aside our ego and co-operate with each other,” the MNM founder said when asked if he is looking to form an alliance with Rajinikanth’s party.
Ola will Set up Biggest Electric Scooter Manufacturing Plant in Tamil Nadu by Investing Rs. 2,400 crore
Ola will become a two-wheeler maker with a new electric scooter plant in Tamil Nadu where it is investing Rs. 2,400 crore. The Softbank-backed Ola is now competing with legacy business houses in India like Hero Moto, TVS Motor and Bajaj Auto as well as with startups like Ather Energy and Okinawa Scooters. Ola says it will set up the biggest electric scooter manufacturing plant in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder and president Kamal Haasan will kick off his campaign for the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections from today. The actor-turned-politician is scheduled to visit several districts during the four-day long campaign. The campaign comes days after Haasan’s political party sent a delegation to New Delhi to support and participate in the Bharat Bandh earlier this week.
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Speaking about his own party’s priorities, Kamal Haasan today said: “Tamil Nadu remains degenerated. We would set it right. We are launching our campaign complying with government norms.” He sought to take lightly the campaign restrictions apparently placed in Madurai by authorities saying such “obstacles” weren’t new to him or his party. He went on to say that “sluice gates cannot block flash floods”.